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Faustian bargain

An agreement, bargain, or deal in which a person sacrifices or abandons his or her moral, ethical, or spiritual values in favor of wealth, power, or other benefits. A reference to the legend of Faust, who sold his soul to the devil for unlimited knowledge and power. I fear we might have devised something of a Faustian bargain for ourselves with our overdependence on technology, having traded in every speck of our private lives for flashy gadgets and convenience. She struck a Faustian bargain with the competitors, selling her own company's secrets for shares in each of their companies.
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bishops' Committee on Ecumenical and Interreligious Affairs and the National Council of Synagogues called the loss of civil liberties to fight terror "a Faustian bargain.
He has the look of a danseur noble and such a Faustian intensity that it's hard to take your eyes off him.
The Faustian bargain sealed, the colonial mantle was duly transferred, with the result that trade unions, along with other organized manifestations of civil society, were shorn of their autonomy and incorporated into the single state-party apparatuses called independent African governments.
The challenge was to `be realistic about the world and the Faustian freedom we now have, which demands far more dependence on God .
Thoughts on Securitization: Commentators have focused frequently on the restrictions which the Faustian bargain called securitization impose on the operating side of the real estate business.
the well-known story of blues singer Robert Johnson's Faustian bargain with the devil), but the reference to Harriet Tubman as an Esu-like figure (as borrowed from the Wendell Logan composition Runagate Runagate) is particularly intriguing.
Faced with the Faustian offer of easy access to vast quantities of information, Birkerts urges: "Refuse it.
To engage in night work is to strike a Faustian bargain.
Unless the ever-crafty Jack figures a cunning way out of this Faustian pact, he will be cursed to an afterlife of eternal servitude and damnation.
So while Carwyn appears to have sold his soul to the Tories in return for a questionable crumb off the table, those of us in "the rest of Wales" might be forgiven for asking - what did we actually get out of this Faustian bargain?
Kundraan, the composer explained, is a Faustian fantasy figure and, it seems, a manifestation of musical megalomaniacs everywhere.
Set against a backdrop of Skid Row poverty, the tale of a Faustian pact between nerdy florist Seymour and a carnivorous alien plant was a surprisingly touching one.
I reject the view that, under either Blair or Brown, some sort of Faustian pact was forged between the government and Rupert Murdoch involving commercial concessions to him in return for support from his newspapers," the report quoted him, as saying.
Blaze is wrestling with the foolishness of a Faustian pact that has condemned him to walk the Earth as Ghost Rider, extracting the blackened souls of the wicked astride his mighty Hell Cycle.
Johnny Blaze (Cage) is wrestling with the foolishness of his Faustian pact that has condemned him to walk the Earth as Ghost Rider, extracting the blackened souls of the wicked astride his mighty Hell Cycle.