Definition of Svengali

1. Noun. Someone (usually maleficent) who tries to persuade or force another person to do his bidding.

Generic synonyms: Inducer, Persuader



2. Noun. The musician in a novel by George du Maurier who controls Trilby's singing hypnotically.

Definition of Svengali

1. Noun. One who manipulates or controls another as by some mesmeric or sinister influence; especially a coach, mentor or industry mogul. ¹

¹ Source: wiktionary.com

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Lexicographical Neighbors of Svengali

svarajes
svarita
svaritas
svastika
svastikas
svcs
svedbergs
sveite
svelt
svelte
sveltely
svelteness
sveltenesses
svelter
sveltest
svengali (current term)
svengalis
sverdrup
sverdrups
sverigeite
svl
svn
svyatoslavite
svyazhinite
swab
swabbed
swabber
swabbers
swabbie
swabbies

Literary usage of Svengali

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1. Mind (1902)
"A NEW YORK "svengali." WHEN a man of the intellectual and professional standing of John D. Quackenbos, MD, of Columbia University, lends his indorsement to ..."

2. The Great English Novelists by Coningsby W. Dawson (1911)
"svengali! ne me battez pas, mon ami—je fais tout ce que je peux!" On which little Gecko had suddenly jumped up and struck svengali on the neck near the ..."

3. Frilby: An Operatic Burlesque by Minott E. Robinson, Frederic Almy, Walter Cary, John Bartow Olmsted, Carleton Sprague (1895)
"svengali. And that's a wonder that few here have ever yet beheld. BILLEE. ... svengali. If you would have the proper accent in Paree to shine. BILLEE. ..."

4. The Bookman (1915)
"Then the next day he sees her. riding in the Champs Elysées by the side of svengali and she stares at him with the cold stare of disdain; and later in a ..."

5. Mind (1902)
"A NEW YORK "svengali." WHEN a man of the intellectual and professional standing of John D. Quackenbos, MD, of Columbia University, lends his indorsement to ..."

6. The Great English Novelists by Coningsby W. Dawson (1911)
"svengali! ne me battez pas, mon ami—je fais tout ce que je peux!" On which little Gecko had suddenly jumped up and struck svengali on the neck near the ..."

7. Frilby: An Operatic Burlesque by Minott E. Robinson, Frederic Almy, Walter Cary, John Bartow Olmsted, Carleton Sprague (1895)
"svengali. And that's a wonder that few here have ever yet beheld. BILLEE. ... svengali. If you would have the proper accent in Paree to shine. BILLEE. ..."

8. The Bookman (1915)
"Then the next day he sees her. riding in the Champs Elysées by the side of svengali and she stares at him with the cold stare of disdain; and later in a ..."

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