Origin of Machiavellian
Examples from the Web for machiavellian
The senator, a college gridiron star, has a coldly Machiavellian widow.Better Than Fiction: The Rise, Fall, And Return of Webb Hubbell|Lloyd Grove|May 1, 2014|DAILY BEAST
El Comandante used his Machiavellian bag of tricks to fuel a spoils system and political juggernaut that Venezuelans worshiped.
She is popular within the Democratic caucus, and there is no apparent Machiavellian maneuvering to unseat her.Nancy Pelosi’s Tireless Obamacare Push Vindicated by Supreme Court Ruling|Eleanor Clift|July 4, 2012|DAILY BEAST
“George is not a Machiavellian self-interested monster,” Ashton said calmly on the last day of rebuttal.
From Tribal Council to taxes to Trump, trouble seems to follow the Machiavellian reality-TV competitor.
There is no answering for the diplomacy of Eastern courts; but this explanation seems a little too Machiavellian.
He could not understand where she got such notions unless it was from the Machiavellian, corrupting brain of Cowperwood himself.The Financier|Theodore Dreiser
Channing appreciated this Machiavellian policy, and endeavored to put it into practice; but without success.Kildares of Storm|Eleanor Mercein Kelly
Miss Ley smiled; it was certainly curious that a creature of quite angelic goodness should make so Machiavellian a suggestion.Mrs. Craddock|W. Somerset Maugham
The Machiavellian cunning of such a policy is entirely characteristic of the conspirator type.Bolshevism|John Spargo
adjective (sometimes not capital)
"cunning, deceitful, unscrupulous," 1570s, from Niccolo Machiavelli (1469-1527), Florentine statesman and author of "Del Principe," a work advising rulers to place advantage above morality. A word of abuse in English well before his works were translated ("The Discourses" 1636, "The Prince" 1640), in part because his books were Indexed by the Church, in part because of French attacks on him (e.g. Gentillet's, translated into English 1602).