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Monday, April 30, 2018

Definitions for Machiavellian

  1. characterized by subtle or unscrupulous cunning, deception, expediency, or dishonesty: He resorted to Machiavellian tactics in order to get ahead.
  2. of, like, or befitting Machiavelli.
  3. being or acting in accordance with the principles of government analyzed in Machiavelli's The Prince, in which political expediency isplaced above morality and the use of craft and deceit to maintain the authority and carry out the policies of a ruler is described.

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Citations for Machiavellian
I need to tell you about my shamefully Machiavellian motive for sending her packing and the subdolous way in which her death facilitated my crowning achievement. Clanash Farjeon, A Handbook for Attendants on the Insane: The Autobiography of 'Jack the Ripper' as Revealed to Clanash Farjeon, 2003
The doctor's mind pursued its own schemes with Machiavellian subtlety. Joseph Conrad, Nostromo, 1904
Origin of Machiavellian
1560-1570
Machiavellian is an adjective derived from Machiavelli, the family name of the Florentine diplomat, historian, and political philosopher Niccolò Bernardo Machiavelli (1469–1527). He wrote his most famous work The Prince (Il Principe) in 1513 while in exile from Florence. Machiavellian entered English in the 16th century.