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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.
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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
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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.
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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"
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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
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Translations
machiavelliläinen
machiavélienmachiavélique
maquiavélicamaquiavélico

Machiavellian

[ˌmækɪəˈvelɪən] ADJmaquiavélico
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Machiavellian

[ˌmækiəˈvɛliən] adj (= devious) → machiavélique
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Machiavellian

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Machiavellian

[ˌmækɪəˈvɛlɪən] adjmachiavellico/a
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References in classic literature ?
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.
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.
THERE are two types of Machiavellians in politics, Selfish Machiavellians and Kind Machiavellians.
Although there is little research on Machiavellians in the context of intimate relationships in general, and their mate attraction strategies in particular, in two studies of sexual behaviors Machs have been shown to use deceptive tactics to secure sex (Jonason, Li, Webster, & Schmitt, 2009; McHoskey, 2001).
According to Christie and Geis (1970) Machiavellians do not accept the premise that people should do what they believe in but should instead believe in what they do.
The English Machiavellians appear here--and one can hail the effort--not as hostile opponents of liberalism, as Pocock and Skinner would argue, but as its early formulators and promoters.
In his discussions on the Azetecs, for example, even the ritualistic killings of a warrior culture count as Machiavellian. Later in the book, Hitler, Stalin and Mao are also taken to be Machiavellians.