Definition of Svengali in English:

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Svengali

Pronunciation: /svenˈɡälē/
Pronunciation: /sfenˈɡälē/
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.
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.

Words that rhyme with Svengali

Bali, barley, Cali, Carly, Charlie, Dali, Diwali, finale, gnarly, Gurkhali, Kali, Kigali, Mali, Marley, marly, Pali, parley, snarly, Somali, tamale

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Syllabification: Sven·ga·li

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