Definition of manipulator in English:



  • 1A person who controls or influences others in a clever or unscrupulous way.

    • ‘Three days later she called me and asked me not to interrupt as she read me a speech, five or six sentences, where she called me a manipulator and a liar, and said that she couldn't be with me anymore.’
    • ‘I had the distinct sensation that I was a puppet of an addictive manipulator, that there was a kind of sinister hand which was forcing me in directions that I didn't like.’
    • ‘I entirely agree that a lot of spirits are liars and manipulators.’
    • ‘Fortunately the people of New Forest East have now sent a message to the manipulators.’
    • ‘Well, he's possibly a manipulator - but cinema itself is manipulative and the best directors have to become adept at the art.’
    • ‘I was a manipulator and scoundrel of the worst kind, who would do anything and everything necessary to satisfy my own insatiable appetite for ‘wine, women, and song’.’
    • ‘They are plotters, dissemblers, manipulators, murderers of children, fanatics.’
    • ‘But the manipulator realises, too late, that she is being manipulated, despite warnings from her faithful dresser.’
    • ‘The in-flight movie was the remake of The Manchurian Candidate, about a politician who receives instructions whispered into his ear by outside manipulators.’
    • ‘Simply put, we have a mix of self-made men and women as well as political connivers and manipulators.’
    • ‘In my view, everyone who turns on their radio or television immediately comes under hidden attack by the manipulator.’
    • ‘But any implied criticism of players as heartless mercenaries or of club managers and financial backers as self-interested manipulators ignores the commercial realities of rugby in the modern era.’
    • ‘They are being manipulated by the master manipulators over there.’
    • ‘Hackman is comfortably cast as the amoral manipulator.’
    • ‘Trial observers see a master manipulator at work.’
    • ‘To a manipulator, all behaviors are manipulation.’
    • ‘Gracia's tough yet vulnerable, a manipulator who's also manipulated.’
    • ‘He is not malevolent, a manipulator or much of a mastermind.’
    • ‘That woman and a string of mistresses describe him as a charmer but also a manipulator with a propensity to control weaker-willed people.’
    • ‘His book is populated with scoundrels, megalomaniacs, psychopaths, manipulators and sadists - people he happens to find interesting.’
    exploiter, puller of strings, user, manoeuvrer, conniver, intriguer, puppet master, puppeteer, wheeler-dealer
    View synonyms
  • 2A person who handles or controls something skilfully.

    • ‘Obviously it was valuable to have the financial side of the story addressed and to hear the views of the magazine editors, social commentators and image manipulators who were summoned to assist us in our thinking.’
    • ‘Although combined therapy is an attractive option, this depends on an ample supply of both trained manipulators prepared to work for the NHS and exercise physiotherapists with access to suitable premises.’