|About Us | What's New | Search | Site Map | Contact Us|
You are not logged in. [Log In] Wordsmith.org » Forums » General Topics » Q&A about words » forgotten word Register User Forum List Calendar Active Topics Search FAQ
#792 - 03/20/00 10:20 PM forgotten word
Does anyone know the word for the process whereby the end justifies the means? I knew it years ago and would like to use it at work but I can't remember it. Please help.
#793 - 03/22/00 06:18 PM Re: forgotten word
I think you want Machiavellian
according to the Collins Dictionary (UK edition)
Machiavelli Niccolo - 1469-1527, Florentine Statesman and political philosopher, secretary to the war council of the Florentine republic (1498-1512). His most famous work is "Il Principe" (The Prince 1532).
Machiavellian (also spelt Machivelian), sometimes not capitalised
1. of or relating to the alleged political principles of Machiavelli; cunning, amoral and opportunist
2. a cunning, amoral and opportunist person, esp a politician
We usually attribute the idea that "the means always justifies the end" to Machiavelli but judging by the definition above, either a) that is a gross simplification of what he said/did or b) the Collins Dictionary is hedging its bets in case his descendants sue for libel.
#794 - 03/22/00 07:55 PM Re: forgotten word
Loc: sydney australia
I don't know a particular word. That the end justifies the means is sometimes called the Jesuitical plea - a reference that is understandably held to be both offensive and inaccurate by Jesuits.
Forum Stats 8738 Members
Max Online: 3341 @ 12/09/11 02:15 PM
Newest Members KatieC, ashishsum, ackcat, mayne, Yesurbius
8738 Registered Users
Who's Online 0 registered (), 30 Guests and 3 Spiders online. Key: Admin, Global Mod, Mod
Top Posters (30 Days)
LukeJavan8 84 endymion6 82 wofahulicodoc 67 A C Bowden 39 May 4 Tromboniator 4 FoFong 3 LadyReader 2 tsuwm 1 KatieC 1
wwh 13858 Faldage 13803 Jackie 11609 tsuwm 10522 Buffalo Shrdlu 7210 AnnaStrophic 6511 LukeJavan8 6488 Wordwind 6296 of troy 5400 BranShea 5282
Board Rules · Mark all read Contact Us · Wordsmith.org · Top
Home | Today's Word | Yesterday's Word | Subscribe | FAQ | Archives | Search | Feedback
Wordsmith Talk | Wordsmith Chat
© 2014 Wordsmith