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< /ˈyoʊ hɑn/, c1480–c1538, German magician, alchemist, and astrologer.

  • the chief character of a medieval legend, represented as selling his soul to the devil in exchange for knowledge and power.
  • (italics) a tragedy by Goethe (Part 1, 1808; Part 2, 1832).
  • (italics) an opera (1859) by Charles Gounod.
  • noun

    1. German legend a magician and alchemist who sells his soul to the devil in exchange for knowledge and power

    A legendary sixteenth-century magician and practitioner of alchemy, who sold his soul to the devil in exchange for youth, knowledge, and power. Christopher Marlowe, a sixteenth-century English poet, and Johann Wolfgang von Goethe wrote famous plays about him.

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