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Svengali

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Pronunciation: /svɛnˈɡɑːli
 
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Definition of Svengali in English:

noun

A person who exercises a controlling or mesmeric influence on another, especially for a sinister purpose.
Example sentences
  • Hypnosis is not a sinister tool for Svengalis but a ‘gentle, effective and empowering therapy’.
  • They had better songs but more importantly they covered a broader age range, exhibiting a shrewdness lost on later generations of Svengalis.
  • Music Svengalis litter the music industry, but there's only one Anthony H Wilson.

Origin

early 20th century: the name of a musician in George du Maurier's novel Trilby (1894), who controls Trilby's stage singing hypnotically.

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