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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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  • In Machiavelli's outlook the interest of womanhood was in a region of life almost infinitely remote from his statecraft.

    The New Machiavelli Herbert George Wells
  • We know nothing of Machiavelli's youth and little about his studies.

  • Now the representative of this constituency was the moving spirit, the Machiavelli, of the ministry—Landsberg.

    The New Germany George Young
  • Indispensable to the serious student of Machiavelli, his teaching and his times.

    Robert Orange John Oliver Hobbes
  • Machiavelli turned away—and answered in a low voice, 'I know it—judge me not harshly, Leonardo.

    The Romance of Leonardo da Vinci Dmitry Sergeyevich Merezhkovsky
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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