Ma·​chi·​a·​vel·​lian·​ism ˌma-kē-ə-ˈve-lē-ə-ˌni-zəm How to pronounce Machiavellianism (audio)
: 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

Examples of Machiavellianism in a Sentence

Recent Examples on the Web The researchers noted the triad includes three malevolent personality traits: Machiavellianism, narcissism, and psychopathy.2 People with all three traits often disregard others and lack compassion and empathy. Stephanie Booth, Health, 30 Mar. 2024 Conversely, men score higher than women on dark side personality traits, such narcissism, psychopathy, Machiavellianism, and aggression (especially unprovoked), which account for much of the toxic and destructive behaviors displayed by powerful leaders - usually male - who derail. Tomas Chamorro-Premuzic, Forbes, 1 Mar. 2024 Even the leaders who are humanitarian have to have some Machiavellianism. CBS News, 29 Mar. 2023

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Word History

First Known Use

1607, in the meaning defined above

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The first known use of Machiavellianism was in 1607

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“Machiavellianism.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 18 Apr. 2024.

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