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.
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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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The unpleasant and unethical bargains with reference to the Syrian refugees, which appear to be a good case of unprincipled action, opportunism and a Machiavellist pragmatism as well as the threats that accompany these bargains contributed to the resumption of the talks with the EU.
For those who loathe him, he is a dictator, Machiavellist and destroyer of independent media.
For Machiavellists it may often not be necessary to be overly self-leading in the sense of needing to achieve certain goals, as they may be able to use others to achieve the goals for them.