Adjective "Machiavellian" Definition and Examples


    Adjective:

    Machiavellian


    Definition:

    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

    Origin:
    Machiavellian

    Examples:

    "plots can be machiavellian."

    "skills can be machiavellian."

    "schemes can be machiavellian."

    "motives can be machiavellian."

    "behaviours can be machiavellian."

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