- One who manipulates or controls another as by some mesmeric or sinister influence; especially with reference to coaches, mentors or industry moguls.
Etymology: Named from a character in w:George du Maurier, George du Maurier's novel w:Trilby (novel), Trilby.
- 2005: 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. —Hamilton Spectator, October 15, 2005
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