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Webster's Unabridged Dictionary
A familiar spirit mentioned in the old legend of Sir John Faustus, and a principal agent in Marlowe's play Dr. Faustus and in Goethe's Faust. In medieval demonology, he was one of the seven chief devils.

Etymology: Written Mephostophilus in Shakespeare, Fletcher etc., Mephostophilis in Marlowe, but now generally Mephistopheles, as in Goethe: a made-up name, like most of the names of the medieval devils, but supposed by some to be formed (irregularly) from Gr. mh`, not, fw^s fwt-), light, and fi`los, loving

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  1. Evil spirit to whom Faust sold his soul

Schröer suggests a combination of Hebrew מֵפִיץ mêp̄îṣ ("destroyer") and ט֫פֶל tōp̄el ("liar") from ט֫פֶל שֶׁ֫קֶר tōp̄el šeqer ("falsehood plasterer"), see שֶׁקֶר; compare Job xiii:4).

  1. The Devil to whom Faust sold his soul in the legend.
  2. A fiendish person, especially one who tricks someone into following a destructive or disastrous course of action; a tempter.

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Past life for Mephistopheles born Feb 2, 2009

I do not know how you feel about it, but you were a female in your last earthly incarnation. You were born somewhere around the territory of North Europe approximately on 1250. Your profession was shepherd, horseman, and forester.

You were a revolutionary type. You inspired changes in any sphere - politics, business, religion, housekeeping. You could have been a leader. You are bound to solve problems regarding pollution of environment, recycling, misuse of raw materials, elimination of radioactivity by all means including psychological methods.

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  • U.S. Census Bureau: Frequently Occurring Surnames from the Census 2000 (public domain).
  • 1913 Webster's Revised Unabridged Dictionary via the Collaborative International Dictionary of English (License)
  • Other Dictionary Sources: WordNet 3.1 Copyright 2006 by Princeton University (License).
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