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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.
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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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Here, the Spanish Thomists saw a point of convergence in Lutheranism and Machiavellism "both of [which] were equally concerned, for their own very different reasons, to reject the law of nature as an appropriate moral basis for political life.
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But the Free Patriotic Movement (FPM) led by former General Michel Aoun and its visual and print media stood as a blatant example of political Machiavellism, which justifies the means no matter how unjust and flagrant they are so long as they serve long-awaited imperiled ends.