What does machiavellian mean?

Definitions for machiavellianˌmæk i əˈvɛl i ən

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Princeton's WordNet

  1. Machiavellian(adj)

    a follower of Machiavelli's principles

  2. Machiavellian(adj)

    of or relating to Machiavelli or the principles of conduct he recommended

    "Machiavellian thinking"


  1. Machiavellian(a.)

    Of or pertaining to Machiavelli, or to his supposed principles for conduct of government, as enunciated in his tract The Prince; politically cunning; characterized by duplicity, political expediency, unscrupulous cunning, or bad faith; crafty.

  2. Origin: [From Machiavel (also called Machiavelli), an Italian writer, secretary and historiographer to the republic of Florence.]


  1. Machiavellian(Noun)

    A ruthless schemer.

  2. Machiavellian(Adjective)

    Attempting to achieve their goals by cunning, scheming, and unscrupulous methods.

    Iago is the Machiavellian antagonist in William Shakespeare's play, Othello.

  3. Machiavellian(Adjective)

    Related to the philosophical system of Niccolu00F2 Machiavelli.

  4. Origin: From the name of the Italian statesman and writer Niccolò Machiavelli (1469-1527), whose work The Prince (1532) advises that acquiring and exercising power may require unethical methods.


  1. Machiavellian

    Machiavellian was an American-bred Thoroughbred racehorse and sire. In a racing career which lasted from August 1989 to August 1990 he ran seven times and won four races. He was the leading French two-year-old of 1989 when he was unbeaten in three races including the Group One Prix Morny and Prix de la Salamandre. He later became a highly successful sire of winners.

Chambers 20th Century Dictionary

  1. Machiavellian

    mak-i-a-vēl′yan, adj. destitute of political morality, following expediency rather than right: cunning, crafty, perfidious.—n. one who imitates Machiavel—more correctly, Niccolo Machiavelli—of Florence (1469-1527): any cunning and unprincipled statesman.—n. Machiavell′ianism, the principles taught by Machiavel, or conduct regulated by them: cunning statesmanship.


  1. Chaldean Numerology

    The numerical value of machiavellian in Chaldean Numerology is: 3

  2. Pythagorean Numerology

    The numerical value of machiavellian in Pythagorean Numerology is: 2

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