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Random House Webster's College Dictionary

Mach•i•a•vel•li•anˌmæk i əˈvɛl i ən(adj.)

  1. of or pertaining to Machiavelli.

    Category: Western History

  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.

    Category: Western History

  3. characterized by unscrupulous cunning, deception, or expediency.

    Category: Western History

  4. (n.)a follower of Machiavelli's principles.

    Category: Western History

Origin of Machiavellian:

1560–70

Mach`i•a•vel′li•an•ism(n.)

Mach`i•a•vel′lism(n.)

The Nuttall Encyclopedia

  1. Machiavellism

    the doctrine taught by Machiavelli in "The Prince," that to preserve the integrity of a State the ruler should not feel himself bound by any scruple such as may suggest itself by considerations of justice and humanity; the State he regards as too precious an institution to endanger by scruples of that sort.

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