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Svengali

[sven-gah-lee, sfen-] /svɛnˈgɑ li, sfɛn-/
noun
1.
a person who completely dominates another, usually with selfish or sinister motives.
Origin
1940-1945
1940-45; after the evil hypnotist of the same name in the novel Trilby (1894) by George Du Maurier
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Svengali

/svɛnˈɡɑːlɪ/
noun
1.
a person who controls another's mind, usually with sinister intentions
Word Origin
after a character in George Du Maurier's novel Trilby (1894)
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Word Origin and History for Svengali

"one who exerts controlling or mesmeric influence on another," 1914, from hypnotist character of that name in the novel "Trilby" (1894) by George Du Maurier.

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