Derived from the name of a character
in George Du Maurier's novel Trilby, it denotes
a hypnotically forceful person who induces others to perform evil. What word is
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Svengali was the hypnotist villain in the
1894 novel Trilby.
I knew this one! It comes from the command form of the
Italian verb svenire and means "make them faint" or maybe "he
makes them faint."
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In Italian, that's a two words imperative form:
Svenga li!. Transl. "faint there!"
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