No child's play now—no diplomatic dissembling—no sword thrusts intended to be parried, no machiavelian hits nor disguises.
Divide et impera is the true machiavelian policy of all governments.
As if by divine revelation the situation lay bare before him,—the whole machiavelian scheme as conceived by Manuel.
He thought the question almost machiavelian in its adroitness.
Is this a bona fide transaction, or is it a machiavelian attempt to inveigle the prelate into an imbroglio?
Each accomplished his designs by machiavelian methods, and attained a brief exaltation.
"You may trust to my sagacity for that," said the baron, with a truly machiavelian air.
The truck went on, while zestful, machiavelian plans took effect.
"I fully anticipate the most machiavelian system of ruse and deep combination," said Rodolph, smiling.
"cunning, deceitful, unscrupulous," 1570s, from Niccolo Machiavelli (1469-1527), Florentine statesman and author of "Del Principe," a work advising rulers to place advantage above morality. A word of abuse in English well before his works were translated ("The Discourses" 1636, "The Prince" 1640), in part because his books were Indexed by the Church, in part because of French attacks on him (e.g. Gentillet's, translated into English 1602).