Origin of Svengali
Examples from the Web for svengali
But one look at the film is enough to dispel all notions of Svengali.The Legend With The Look: Remembering Lauren Bacall|Teo Bugbee|August 13, 2014|DAILY BEAST
Well, he was no Svengali, no alchemist and, obviously, they would have happened without him.What It Was Like to Watch the Beatles Become the Beatles—Nik Cohn Remembers|Nik Cohn|February 9, 2014|DAILY BEAST
One wondered if she were not paying out Svengali for his impertinent performance of "Messieurs les tudiants."
His touch on either canvas or paper was like Svengali's on the key-board—unique.
Gecko with a knife, and people holding him, and Svengali bleeding on the ground.
That terrible figure of Svengali still sat, immovable, watching his wife's retreat—still smiling his ghastly smile.
At table d'hte not a few of Svengali's opinion, that "only the dirty want to wash."
Word Origin for 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.