Definition of Svengali in English:

Svengali

Syllabification: Sven·ga·li
Pronunciation: /svenˈɡälē, sfen-
 
/
1A musician in George du Maurier’s novel Trilby (1894) who trains Trilby’s voice and controls her stage singing hypnotically.
1.1 (as noun a Svengali) A person who exercises a controlling or mesmeric influence on another, especially for a sinister purpose.
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  • 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.

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