Machiavellianism

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Ma·chi·a·vel·li·an·ism

 (măk′ē-ə-vĕl′ē-ə-nĭz′əm) also Ma·chi·a·vel·lism (-vĕl′ĭz′əm)
n.
The political doctrine of Machiavelli, which denies the relevance of morality in political affairs and holds that craft and deceit are justified in pursuing and maintaining political power.

Machiavellianism

1. the principles of government set forth in The Prince by Machiavelli, in which political expediency is exalted above morality and the use of er aft and deceit to maintain authority or to effectuate policy is recommended. Also Machiavellism.
2. activity characterized by subtle cunning, duplicity, or bad faith. — Machiavellian, n., adj.
See also: Politics
ThesaurusAntonymsRelated WordsSynonymsLegend:
Noun1.Machiavellianism - the political doctrine of Machiavelli: any means (however unscrupulous) can be used by a ruler in order to create and maintain his autocratic governmentMachiavellianism - the political doctrine of Machiavelli: any means (however unscrupulous) can be used by a ruler in order to create and maintain his autocratic government
autocracy - a political theory favoring unlimited authority by a single individual
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