svengali

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Etymology[edit]

Named from a character in George du Maurier's novel Trilby.

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svengali (plural svengalis)

  1. One who manipulates or controls another as by some mesmeric or sinister influence; especially a coach, mentor or industry mogul.
    • 2005 October 15, in the Hamilton Spectator:
      She also offers a fascinating glimpse into a more innocent age before svengalis began colluding with marketing men and TV execs to promote talentless wannabes to overnight success.

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