Definition of Svengali noun from the Oxford Advanced Learner's Dictionary



BrE BrE//svenˈɡɑːli//
; NAmE NAmE//svenˈɡɑːli//
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a person who has the power to control another person’s mind, make them do bad things, etc. More Like This Expressions from literary sources Alice in Wonderland, Casanova, Cassandra, Don Juan, Dorian Gray, Falstaffian, Frankenstein, Jekyll and Hyde, Lilliputian, Lothario, Orwellian, Pandora’s box, Peter Pan, Pied Piper, Pollyanna, Rip Van Winkle, Ruritanian, Scrooge, Shangri-La, Sherlock, Stepford Wife, Svengali, Tweedledum and Tweedledee, Utopia, Walter MittySee worksheet. From the name of a character in George du Maurier’s novel Trilby.
See the Oxford Advanced American Dictionary entry: Svengali