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Machiavellian

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adjective Ma·chi·a·vel·lian \ˌma-kē-ə-ˈve-lē-ən, -ˈvel-yən\

Simple Definition of Machiavellian

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

Full Definition of Machiavellian

  1. 1 :  of or relating to Machiavelli or Machiavellianism

  2. 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

Rhymes with machiavellian



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