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n. pl. Sven·ga·lis
A person who manipulates or controls another, especially by force of personality for malicious purposes.
[After Svengali, , the hypnotist villain in the novel Trilby by George du Maurier.]
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(Psychology) a person who controls another's mind, usually with sinister intentions
[after a character in George Du Maurier's novel Trilby (1894)]
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Sven•ga•li(svɛnˈgɑ li, sfɛn-)
a person who completely dominates another, usu. with selfish or evil motives.
[1940–45; after the evil hypnotist of the same name in the novel Trilby (1894) by German. Du Maurier]
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|Noun||1.||Svengali - someone (usually maleficent) who tries to persuade or force another person to do his bidding|
|2.||Svengali - the musician in a novel by George du Maurier who controls Trilby's singing hypnotically|
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