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Oct 29, 2009
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byronic
orwellian
manichean
machiavellian
draconian

Niccolo Machiavelli
Niccolò Machiavelli
Art: Santi di Tito, 16th c.

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Machiavellian

PRONUNCIATION:
(mak-ee-uh-VEL-ee-uhn)

MEANING:
adjective: Characterized by cunning, deception, and expediency.

ETYMOLOGY:
After Niccolò Machiavelli (1469-1527), Florentine statesman and author of The Prince, a political treatise describing use of craft and deceit to achieve political power.

USAGE:
"Rumours of Machiavellian plots and conspiracy theories have permeated the period of mourning."
Darryl Broadfoot; Mitchell: End the Revisionism; The Herald (Glasgow, Scotland); Nov 23, 2007.

See more usage examples of machiavellian in Vocabulary.com's dictionary.

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