WordReference Random House Learner's Dictionary of American English © 2015
Mach•i•a•vel•li•an /ˌmækiəˈvɛliən/USA pronunciation   adj. 
  1. World Historycharacterized by dishonesty, trickery, cunning, or lies:the Machiavellian way he won the nomination and destroyed his opponent.
WordReference Random House Unabridged Dictionary of American English © 2015
Mach•i•a•vel•li•an  (mak′ē ə velē ən), 
  1. World Historyof, like, or befitting Machiavelli.
  2. World Historybeing or acting in accordance with the principles of government analyzed in Machiavelli's The Prince, in which political expediency is placed above morality and the use of craft and deceit to maintain the authority and carry out the policies of a ruler is described.
  3. World Historycharacterized by subtle or unscrupulous cunning, deception, expediency, or dishonesty:He resorted to Machiavellian tactics in order to get ahead.

  1. World Historya follower of the principles analyzed or described in The Prince, esp. with reference to techniques of political manipulation.
  • Machiavelli + -an 1560–70
Mach′i•a•velli•an•ism, Mach′i•a•vellism, n. 
Mach′i•a•velli•an•ly, adv. 

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Machiavellian, Machiavelian /ˌmækɪəˈvɛlɪən/ adj (sometimes not capital)
  1. of or relating to the alleged political principles of Machiavelli; cunning, amoral, and opportunist
  1. a cunning, amoral, and opportunist person, esp a politician

ˌMachiaˈvellianism, ˌMachiaˈvellism n

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