Machiavellian


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Ma·chi·a·vel·li·an

 (măk′ē-ə-vĕl′ē-ən)
adj.
1. Of or relating to Machiavelli or Machiavellianism.
2. Suggestive of or characterized by expediency, deceit, and cunning.

Ma′chi·a·vel′li·an, Ma′chi·a·vel′list n.

Machiavellian

(ˌmækɪəˈvɛlɪən) or

Machiavelian

adj (sometimes not capital)
of or relating to the alleged political principles of Machiavelli; cunning, amoral, and opportunist
n
a cunning, amoral, and opportunist person, esp a politician
ˌMachiaˈvellianism, ˌMachiaˈvellism n
ˌMachiaˈvellist adj, n

Mach•i•a•vel•li•an

(ˌmæk i əˈvɛl i ən)

adj.
1. of or pertaining to Machiavelli.
2. being or acting in accordance with the principles of government analyzed in Machiavelli's The Prince, in which political expediency is placed above morality.
3. characterized by unscrupulous cunning, deception, or expediency.
n.
4. a follower of Machiavelli's principles.
Sometimes, Mach`i•a•vel′i•an.
[1560–70]
Mach`i•a•vel′li•an•ism, Mach`i•a•vel′lism, n.
ThesaurusAntonymsRelated WordsSynonymsLegend:
Noun1.Machiavellian - a follower of Machiavelli's principles
follower - a person who accepts the leadership of another
Adj.1.Machiavellian - of or relating to Machiavelli or the principles of conduct he recommendedMachiavellian - of or relating to Machiavelli or the principles of conduct he recommended; "Machiavellian thinking"

Machiavellian

adjective scheming, cynical, shrewd, cunning, designing, intriguing, sly, astute, unscrupulous, wily, opportunist, crafty, artful, amoral, foxy, deceitful, underhand, double-dealing, perfidious the Machiavellian and devious way decisions were made
Translations
machiavelliläinen
machiavélienmachiavélique
maquiavélicamaquiavélico

Machiavellian

[ˌmækɪəˈvelɪən] ADJmaquiavélico

Machiavellian

[ˌmækiəˈvɛliən] adj (= devious) → machiavélique

Machiavellian

Machiavellian

[ˌmækɪəˈvɛlɪən] adjmachiavellico/a
References in classic literature ?
She sketched out for him certain brilliant plans in which she took no account of the hindrances imposed by men and things; then, like all women under the influence of vehement feeling, she became in thought as Machiavellian as Gondreville, and more unprincipled than Maxime de Trailles.
It was all done with Machiavellian cunning; but Ballmeyer had reckoned without Joseph Rouletabille.
So this Machiavellian captain of infantry cast about him for some happy means or stratagem by which he could gently and gradually bring the Misses Osborne to a knowledge of their brother's secret.
Perhaps there are points which have escaped your Machiavellian intellect.
Machiavellian managers: Do they perform better, Journal of Business Psychology, 5 (Spring), 355.
Payne's was ``Election,'' which starred Matthew Broderick as a well-meaning if hapless high-school teacher appalled at the Machiavellian machinations of one of his pupils, brilliantly played by a then-underappreciated Reese Witherspoon, during a typically silly class presidential campaign.
The Machiavellian colt looked unsure of what to do for most of the contest until picking up steadily in the final one and a half furlongs to finish on the heels of the leaders.
Escobar was also a Machiavellian schemer who ran circles around Colombia's feckless government.
That is unfortunate, because he does provide compelling evidence of massive stupidity and of a Government guided by Machiavellian calculations of power.
The other runners have plenty of miles on the clock, and Brittain's Machiavellian colt could step up.
The expression "rispose come" appears just four times in the entire Machiavellian opus (excluding his letters) and only in the Florentine Histories.
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