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Svengali

"one who exerts controlling or mesmeric influence on another," 1914, from hypnotist character of that name in the novel "Trilby" (1894) by George Du Maurier.

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Definitions of Svengali

Svengali (n.)
someone (usually maleficent) who tries to persuade or force another person to do his bidding;
Svengali (n.)
the musician in a novel by George du Maurier who controls Trilby's singing hypnotically;
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