MEANING: adjective: Surrendering one’s integrity for something, such as power, money, fame, etc.

ETYMOLOGY: After the legend of Faust who sold his soul to the devil. Earliest documented use: 1876.

NOTES: The legend of Faust is based upon a real person, Johann Georg Faust (c. 1480-1540), a magician, astrologer, and alchemist. The story has been tackled countless times, from Christopher Marlow in his play Doctor Faustus and Goethe in his play Faust to The Simpsons episode “Bart Sells His Soul”.

FAUSCIAN - expert in his field of viral diseases, and implacably devoted to the Scientific Method

FAULTIAN - blame John of Scotland

FRAUSTIAN - wife of Herr Stian