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Svengali

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noun Sven·ga·li \sven-ˈgä-lē, sfen-\

Definition of Svengali

  1. :  a person who manipulates or exerts excessive control over another



Origin of svengali

Svengali, villainous hypnotist in the novel Trilby (1894) by George du Maurier


First Known Use: 1919

Rhymes with svengali


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