Machiavellianism

noun
Ma·​chi·​a·​vel·​lian·​ism | \ ˌma-kē-ə-ˈve-lē-ə-ˌni-zəm How to pronounce Machiavellianism (audio) , -ˈvel-yə-ˌni-zəm \

Definition of Machiavellianism

: the political theory of Machiavelli especially : the view that politics is amoral and that any means however unscrupulous can justifiably be used in achieving political power

First Known Use of Machiavellianism

1607, in the meaning defined above

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“Machiavellianism.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/Machiavellianism. Accessed 29 Feb. 2020.

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