Faustian bargain

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Faustian bargain

An agreement, bargain, or deal in which a person sacrifices or abandons 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.
See also: bargain
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Aquino] has made a Faustian bargain with the communists: She has traded the soul of her government-democratic commitments-in exchange for its continued life.
While making a so-called Faustian bargain with Asif Zardari, the former prime minister and his associates intensified their anti-judiciary tirade.
Nemtsov's killing highlighted the Faustian bargain the Kremlin has made with Mr Kadyrov.
Conservatives who seek to use populism for their own ends inevitably make a Faustian bargain.
Thanks largely to its early awareness of the need to address climate change, the insurance industry's Faustian bargain has so far avoided scrutiny from pressure groups.
The true concern is whether Beijing is entering into a Faustian bargain that trades the short-term gains of limited economic growth today for the long-term pains of diminishing investment returns tomorrow.
Key words: Necromancy, narcissism, free-will, Faustian bargain, hubris.
Along the way, Jack is forced to confront the soul he denies having, and must decide whether or not to reverse his Faustian bargain.
This Faustian bargain comes at the expense of Christian values.
The first warns how a Faustian bargain once struck, allows for no turning back.
Critique: Not since "The Devil and Daniel Webster" by Stephen Vincent Benet has the Faustian bargain been so cleverly presented.
Britton concludes that a Faustian bargain was in effect, with winners and losers experiencing positive, negative, and unexpected results that had significant consequences for government communications and diplomacy, newsgathering, and the rise of patriotism and popular culture in the United States.
When the book downloads directly into his brain, Murdstone discovers he must begin his own quest to survive this Faustian bargain.
It's what Ingram aptly dubbed a "classic Faustian bargain.
He adds: "The part of this deal that makes it a classic Faustian bargain is that Facebook arguably gets more from the arrangement than publishers do.