- of, pertaining to, or characteristic of Faust: reminiscent of his bargain with the devil.
- sacrificing spiritual values for power, knowledge, or material gain: a Faustian pact with the Devil.
- characterized by spiritual dissatisfaction or torment.
- possessed with a hunger for knowledge or mastery.
1875–80; Faust + -ian
A reference to Johann Faust (1488-1541), Ger. wandering astrologer and wizard, who was reputed to have sold his soul to the Devil. He was the hero of dramas by Marlowe and Goethe.