Definition of Faustian in US English:

Faustian

adjective

  • Relating to or resembling Faust, a German astronomer and necromancer reputed to have sold his soul to the Devil.

    ‘modern celebrities enter into a Faustian pact with the general public’
    • ‘In European literature there is even a Goethean myth of the Faustian artist who, surpassing compromise, sells his soul to the devil in return for absolute artistic power.’
    • ‘He may have just turned 30, but his latest film displays a maturity and confidence that makes you ponder the terms of his Faustian deal.’
    • ‘A number of the stories are downers in which Faustian bargains of one kind or another produce predictable results.’
    • ‘The country's religious leaders are toying with the old Faustian bargain: risking a little cultural contamination in exchange for tourist lucre.’
    • ‘Has he struck a Faustian pact with the devil so he gets all the money in the world in exchange for his soul?’
    • ‘His films have had gay sex tied fast to knotty Faustian bargains.’
    • ‘You feel like you are still paying for that Faustian contract signed but long forgotten.’
    • ‘The reporter graphically portrays what occurred as a "descent into hell" brought about by the Faustian tactics of the police.’
    • ‘The evidence suggests that slaves were well aware of the 'Faustian' bargain involved in some release arrangements.’
    • ‘The racial hygienists made a Faustian pact with Nazism.’

Pronunciation

Faustian

/ˈfoustēən//ˈfaʊstiən/