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
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Clemente's polemical tone nicely sets the stage for the discussion that follows and for Howard's expressed goal: to demonstrate "the observable appropriation of key Machiavellian concepts" (5) by Spanish political writers who simultaneously masked those conceptual adoptions with anti- Machiavellian rhetoric.
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