Adjective "Machiavellian" definition and examples

Pronunciation

/ˌmakɪəˈvɛlɪən/

Definitions and examples

adjective

Cunning, scheming, and unscrupulous, especially in politics.
  1. 'Yes, you can aspire to be as rich as Sugar but to get there you're going to have to take a lot of flak, much of it in front of an audience of millions, while fending off the Machiavellian manoeuvres of others.'
  2. 'Most of them, with Machiavellian cunning, were refusing to answer their telephones.'
  3. 'Wrong is correct in emphasizing how Mobutu, the cunning Machiavellian prince, managed to acquire considerable outside help.'
  4. 'At best, bottle blondes are equated with an artifice - think Pamela Anderson, Melinda Messenger - and at worst, deceitfulness and Machiavellian scheming.'
  5. 'Intimidated, insecure but alive to the bottomless depths of Machiavellian politics that holding down a senior job in RTE entailed, there were few RTE executives prepared to put their heads above the parapet.'
  6. 'Stella is in thrall, not only to her own irresistible infatuation, but also to a loveless marriage, the repressive conventions of the times and the Machiavellian politics of those around her.'
  7. 'It has been argued that Cavour's acceptance of the free trade and international convertibility regime is patent evidence of his Machiavellian approach to politics.'
  8. 'It is the classic of Holocaust-era anti-Semitism, portraying the Jews as a conniving, Machiavellian race, plotting how to gain power well beyond their puny numbers, through manipulation and money.'
  9. 'By 1971, Leider was burnt out from the intense, Machiavellian politics of the New York art world.'
  10. 'There are so many poignant lines about Machiavellian politics and acting that I might try out here, that remaining silent would probably be my best course.'

noun

A person who schemes in a Machiavellian way.
  1. 'He is not a cynic or a Machiavellian in any traditionally understood sense.'
  2. 'Simon Russell Beale's Cassius is not so much the scheming Machiavellian, but a timid, bullied character, more resentful than envious of those who hold office.'
  3. 'Moreover, the Machiavellian in me cannot help but wryly shake the head in perverse tribute to what the Cubic boys have pulled off.'
  4. 'An accomplished Machiavellian, he used his ill-gotten wealth and his powers of patronage to outfox potential opponents and to keep wavering officials in line.'
  5. 'A remarkable Machiavellian, Edmund sets out to redress that situation by turning his gullible, sensual father against his brother - with considerable, and terrible, success.'
  6. 'As Sartre admitted in his eulogy, ‘He reaffirmed the existence of moral fact within the heart of our era… against the Machiavellians, against the golden calf of realism.’'
  7. 'When we are told that the gods favour her for her ‘virtue,’ it seems that they are using that term in a Machiavellian rather than Christian sense.'
  8. 'And why have these Machiavellians become idealists?'
  9. 'This must have presented quite the dilemma to our little Machiavellians, as they discussed the best way to do away with poor Storm.'

Definitions

1. of, like, or befitting Machiavelli.

2. being 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. characterized by subtle or unscrupulous cunning, deception, expediency, or dishonesty: He resorted to Machiavellian tactics in order to get ahead. noun

4. a follower of th

More examples(as adjective)

"plots can be machiavellian."

"skills can be machiavellian."

"schemes can be machiavellian."

"motives can be machiavellian."

"behaviours can be machiavellian."

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Origin

(Machiavellian)