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 (svĕn-gä′lē, sfĕn-)
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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(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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ThesaurusAntonymsRelated WordsSynonymsLegend:
Noun1.Svengali - someone (usually maleficent) who tries to persuade or force another person to do his bidding
persuader, inducer - someone who tries to persuade or induce or lead on
2.Svengali - the musician in a novel by George du Maurier who controls Trilby's singing hypnotically
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