[ mak-ee-uh-vel-ee; Italian mah-kyah-vel-lee ]


  1. Nic·co·lò di Ber·nar·do [neek-kaw-, law, dee be, r, -, nahr, -daw], 1469–1527, Italian statesman, political philosopher, and author.


/ ˌmækɪəˈvɛlɪ /


  1. MachiavelliNiccolò14691527MFlorentinePOLITICS: statesmanPHILOSOPHY: philosopher 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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In issuing his sentence, the judge pronounced Cook the Machiavelli of the twentieth century.

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You also argue forcefully against the Hitler-as-Machiavelli argument—that he killed Jews for political reasons.

Impossible plot machinations have been ceded to Machiavelli and the Italian states.

After years of quiet circulation, it was banned, but Machiavelli copied it.

With Schiff we get the true woman, who was brilliant, cunning, and could out-Machiavelli any male ruler.

In a business ethics class, you can use that as an example instead of Machiavelli, which provides a way into the concept.

Machiavelli states that Uguccione fell ill, and had no part in the battle, which was won by Castruccio.

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

I went to the Teatro Machiavelli to see what effect had been produced there.

The originality of Machiavelli in his Mandragora was not of the sort to encourage a departure from the beaten track.

That alone was enough to make Machiavelli, the father of modern foreign policy, turn in his grave.


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