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[mak-ee-uh-vel-ee; Italian mah-kyah-vel-lee] /ˌmæk i əˈvɛl i; Italian ˌmɑ kyɑˈvɛl li/
Niccolò di Bernardo
[neek-kaw-law dee ber-nahr-daw] /ˌnik kɔˈlɔ di bɛrˈnɑr dɔ/ (Show IPA),
1469–1527, Italian statesman, political philosopher, and author. Unabridged
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  • It is easy to let either Luther or Machiavelli steal away our entire sympathy.

    Albert Durer T. Sturge Moore
  • This worthy politician must have been a perfect Machiavelli.

    Ireland as It Is Robert John Buckley (AKA R.J.B.)
  • This is bolder and more chilling than Machiavelli, more detached than Montaigne.

  • He finds his guide and leader in "The Prince," written by Machiavelli.

  • He was pitifully vain of his reputation as a Machiavelli and a go-between.

    The Plum Tree David Graham Phillips
British Dictionary definitions for Machiavelli


Niccolò (nikkoˈlɔ). 1469–1527, Florentine statesman and political philosopher; secretary to the war council of the Florentine republic (1498–1512). His most famous work is Il Principe (The Prince, 1532)
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Word Origin and History for Machiavelli

see Machiavellian. His name was Englished 16c.-18c. as Machiavel.

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