Svengali

Svengali

[sven-gah-lee, sfen-]
noun
a person who completely dominates another, usually with selfish or sinister motives.

Origin:
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)
 
n
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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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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