Machiavellian


Ma·chi·a·vel·lian

adjective \ˌma-kē-ə-ˈve-lē-ən, -ˈvel-yən\

: using clever lies and tricks in order to get or achieve something : clever and dishonest

Full Definition of MACHIAVELLIAN

1
:  of or relating to Machiavelli or Machiavellianism
2
:  suggesting the principles of conduct laid down by Machiavelli; specifically :  marked by cunning, duplicity, or bad faith
Machiavellian noun

Examples of MACHIAVELLIAN

  1. a Machiavellian battle for control of the company
  2. <yet another tale of a power-mad dictator with a Machiavellian plan to take over the world>

Origin of MACHIAVELLIAN

Niccolo Machiavelli
First Known Use: 1572

Other Government and Politics Terms

agent provocateur, agitprop, autarky, cabal, egalitarianism, federalism, hegemony, plenipotentiary, popular sovereignty, socialism

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