American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, Fourth Edition
- n. A person who, with evil intent, tries to persuade another to do what is desired: "a crafty Svengali who lures talented people with grand promises yet gives them little lasting operational authority” ( Chris Welles).
- n. someone (usually maleficent) who tries to persuade or force another person to do his bidding
- n. the musician in a novel by George du Maurier who controls Trilby's singing hypnotically
- After Svengali, the hypnotist villain in the novel Trilby by George du Maurier. (American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, Fourth Edition)
“And yet the tone of all the references to Svengali is almost unconsciously contemptuous, and the fact that du Maurier chose a Jew to play such a part is significant.”
“Entitled Svengali, the project is the brainchild of former Shameless star Jonathan Owen and the show has already garnered a cult following thanks to the help of former Creation boss McGee.”
“In an early-August interview with Chicago Magazine's Carol Felsenthal, Vertolli called top Kirk consultant Dodie McCracken a "kind of Svengali figure in his life" and said she did not appreciate that Kirk voted "in favor of maintaining a discriminatory policy against gays and lesbians who are serving us in the military" after gaining trust within the gay community.”
“Reporters rushed to profile Pearlman as the unlikely impresario — some said "Svengali" — of a new era of boy bands.”
“JACK HARDING, PRIVATE INVESTIGATOR: He told me that he was afraid of Stern and that he was acting like some kind of Svengali and that his mother was receiving some kind of mind-bending drug.”
“He was afraid of Stern and that he was feeding his mother drugs, that he was acting like some kind of Svengali and that his mother was receiving some kind of mind-bending drug.”
“He told me that he was afraid of Stern and that he was feeding his mother drugs and that he was acting like some kind of Svengali and that his mother was receiving some kind of mind-bending drug.”
“This point also will call for improving local government and curtailing the power of religious courts and mentions that Bush may be mesmerized by the "Svengali" or "Rasputin" advice of fellow war-criminal Henry Kissinger who believes winning in Iraq is just a matter of "political will" - just the way it worked for Henry in Vietnam.”
“Since his formative political years when he tried to paint World War II B-24 pilot and hero George McGovern as a left-wing peacenik through his mid-level career as a planter of disinformation in the media on behalf of Texas and national GOP candidates to his current role as Dubya's "Svengali," Rove has practiced the same style of slash and burn politics as did his Nixonian mentor Segretti.”
“It seems to me that Kid Rock is the kind of Svengali she could use: someone who could help her find her voice as a full-fledged woman.”
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