Machiavelli, Niccolò

[ (mak-ee-uh-vel-ee) ]

An Italian political philosopher of the Renaissance. Machiavelli was the author of The Prince, a book that advises rulers to retain their power through cunning and ruthlessness.

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A “Machiavellian” individual is one who subordinates moral principle to political or personal goals.
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