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[mak-ee-uh-vel-ee; Italian mah-kyah-vel-lee]
  1. Nic·co·lò di Ber·nar·do [neek-kaw-law dee ber-nahr-daw] /ˌnik kɔˈlɔ di bɛrˈnɑr dɔ/, 1469–1527, Italian statesman, political philosopher, and author.
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Contemporary Examples of machiavelli

Historical Examples of machiavelli

  • 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


  1. 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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