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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 it?

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Answer: Svengali

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."
uglyblueeternity at

In Italian, that's a two words imperative form: Svenga li!. Transl. "faint there!"
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