[ mak-ee-uh-vel-ee-uhn ]
/ ˌmæk i əˈvɛl i ən /
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of, like, or befitting Machiavelli.
being or acting in accordance with the principles of government analyzed in Machiavelli's The Prince, in which political expediency is placed above morality and the use of craft and deceit to maintain the authority and carry out the policies of a ruler is described.
characterized by subtle or unscrupulous cunning, deception, expediency, or dishonesty: He resorted to Machiavellian tactics in order to get ahead.
a follower of the principles analyzed or described in The Prince, especially with reference to techniques of political manipulation.
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British Dictionary definitions for Machiavellian
/ (ˌmækɪəˈvɛlɪən) /
adjective (sometimes not capital)
of or relating to the alleged political principles of Machiavelli; cunning, amoral, and opportunist
a cunning, amoral, and opportunist person, esp a politician
Derived forms of MachiavellianMachiavellianism or Machiavellism, nounMachiavellist, adjective, noun
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