Svengali definition

svĕn-gälē, sfĕn-
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A person who manipulates or controls another, especially by force of personality for malicious purposes.
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A person who dominates or manipulates another, esp. with evil intentions.
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One who manipulates or controls another as by some mesmeric or sinister influence; especially a coach, mentor or industry mogul.
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Other Word Forms

Noun

Singular:
svengali
Plural:
svengalis

Origin of svengali

  • After Svengali , the hypnotist villain in the novel Trilby by George du Maurier

    From American Heritage Dictionary of the English Language, 5th Edition

  • Named from a character in George du Maurier's novel Trilby.

    From Wiktionary