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

Sample Sentences & Example Usage

  1. Raul Grijalva:

    Too many people have spent their careers pretending that climate change is a hoax perpetrated by shadowy environmental groups and Machiavellian research scientists, the American public knows full well that's not the case.

  2. Kellyanne Conway:

    I think it’s less Machiavellian and more immediately practical, donald Trump has captured a certain electorate zeitgeist among Republican primary and caucus goers. Senator Cruz is one of the few people willing to learn rather than criticize.

  3. Aristotle:

    guess he wasnt a lotus eater-the frowned people of today-the land which time forgot to change-was the guru of alexandar the great-pity the lotus eaters(qoute the time machine)-my tribute to all the fallen ones-the lotus eaters-rest in peace in grave-pity you didnt have machiavellian persons like him to teach-the dear departed ones-let them at least know peace in their grave.

  4. Deodatta V. Shenai-Khatkhate:

    The power of "Now" needs to be recognized, rather than dwelling in the glory of the past. In the eyes of real world, everyone is as good as the news she/he brings today. Still, recognizing the power of "Now" mustn't get confused with the question "What have you done for me lately?" that usually comes from narcissistics and machiavellian leaders who are too self-centered and invariably obsessed with the feelings of entitlement. When you'll recognize the power of "Now", you'll internalize and automatically reorganize your thoughts and actions with positivity....and that's what will give you the tremendous strength, in my view, to deal those narcissistics and machiavellians. So, you must go ahead, and tap the latent power of "Now", right now.

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