[yoh-hahn] /ˈyoʊ hɑn/ (Show IPA), c1480–c1538, German magician, alchemist, and astrologer.
the chief character of a medieval legend, represented as selling his soul to the devil in exchange for knowledge and power.
(italics) a tragedy by Goethe (Part 1, 1808; Part 2, 1832).
(italics) an opera (1859) by Charles Gounod.
(German legend) a magician and alchemist who sells his soul to the devil in exchange for knowledge and power
A legendary sixteenth-century magician and practitioner of alchemy, who sold his soul to the devil in exchange for youth, knowledge, and power. Christopher Marlowe, a sixteenth-century English poet, and Johann Wolfgang von Goethe wrote famous plays about him.
Note: A “Faustian” bargain is one in which a person is willing to make extreme sacrifices for power or knowledge without considering the ultimate cost.
[fou-stee-uh n] /ˈfaʊ sti ən/ adjective 1. of, relating to, or characteristic of : a Faustian novel. 2. sacrificing spiritual values for power, knowledge, or material gain: a Faustian pact with the Devil. 3. characterized by spiritual dissatisfaction or torment. 4. possessed with a hunger for knowledge or mastery. /ˈfaʊstɪən/ adjective 1. of or relating […]
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Faustian bargain [(fow-stee-uhn)] Faust, in the legend, traded his soul to the devil in exchange for knowledge. To “strike a Faustian bargain” is to be willing to sacrifice anything to satisfy a limitless desire for knowledge or power.
[fou-stuh s, faw-] /ˈfaʊ stəs, ˈfɔ-/ noun 1. .
/fɔːt/ noun, verb 1. a Scot word for fault