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Noun: Svengali  sven'gaa-lee
  1. Someone (usually maleficent) who tries to persuade or force another person to do his bidding
  2. The musician in a novel by George du Maurier who controls Trilby's singing hypnotically

Derived forms: Svengalis

Type of: character, fictional character, fictitious character, inducer, persuader

Encyclopedia: Svengali