Machiavellianism

noun Ma·chi·a·vel·lian·ism \ -ˈve-lē-ə-ˌni-zəm , -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

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1607

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