a person who dominates or manipulates another, esp. with evil intentions
Origin of Svengaliafter the evil hypnotist, Svengali, in the novel Trilby (1894) by George du Maurier
A person who manipulates or controls another, especially by force of personality for malicious purposes.
Origin of SvengaliAfter Svengali, the hypnotist villain in the novel Trilby by George du Maurier.
- One who manipulates or controls another as by some mesmeric or sinister influence; especially a coach, mentor or industry mogul.
Named from a character in George du Maurier's novel Trilby.