from The American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, 4th 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).
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- 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)