Machiavelian


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Mach`i`a`vel´ian


a.1.Of or pertaining to Machiavelli, or to his supposed principles for conduct of government, as enunciated in his tract The Prince; politically cunning; characterized by duplicity, political expediency, unscrupulous cunning, or bad faith; crafty.
n.1.One who adopts the principles of Machiavelli; a cunning and unprincipled politician.
Webster's Revised Unabridged Dictionary, published 1913 by G. & C. Merriam Co.
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