Definitions for svengalisvɛnˈgɑ li, sfɛn-

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  1. Svengali(noun)

    someone (usually maleficent) who tries to persuade or force another person to do his bidding

  2. Svengali(noun)

    the musician in a novel by George du Maurier who controls Trilby's singing hypnotically

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  1. svengali(Noun)

    One who manipulates or controls another as by some mesmeric or sinister influence; especially a coach, mentor or industry mogul.

  2. Origin: Named from a character in George du Maurier's novel Trilby.

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  1. Svengali

    Svengali is a fictional character in George du Maurier's 1894 novel Trilby. He is a hypnotist who makes the title character into a famous singer. The word "svengali" has come to refer to a person who, sometimes with evil intent, controls another person by persuasion or deceit. The Svengali may feign kindness and use manipulation to get the other person to yield to his or her authority.


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