1. of, pertaining to, or characteristic of Faust: reminiscent of his bargain with the devil.
  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.

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.

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