Meaning of MACHIAVELLIAN in English


I. | ̷ ̷ ̷ ̷ ̷ ̷|velēən, -lyən adjective

Usage: usually capitalized

Etymology: Niccolò Machiavelli + English -an

1. : of or relating to Machiavelli or his political theory (as the doctrine that any means however lawless or unscrupulous may be justifiably employed by a ruler in order to establish and maintain a strong central government)

2. : resembling or suggesting the principles of conduct laid down by Machiavelli : characterized by political cunning, duplicity, or bad faith

II. noun

( -s )

Usage: usually capitalized

: an adherent to the political doctrine of Machiavelli : a person characterized by Machiavellian behavior especially in political matters

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