Definition of Machiavellian in English:

Machiavellian

Pronunciation /ˌmäkēəˈvelēən/ /ˌmɑkiəˈvɛliən/ /ˌmakēəˈvelēən/ /ˌmækiəˈvɛliən/

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adjective

  • Cunning, scheming, and unscrupulous, especially in politics.

    • ‘a whole range of outrageous Machiavellian manoeuvres’
    devious, cunning, crafty, artful, wily, sly, scheming, designing, conniving, opportunistic, insidious, treacherous, perfidious, two-faced, Janus-faced, tricky, double-dealing, unscrupulous, deceitful, dishonest
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noun

  • A person who schemes in a Machiavellian way.

    ‘As Sartre admitted in his eulogy, ‘He reaffirmed the existence of moral fact within the heart of our era… against the Machiavellians, against the golden calf of realism.’’
    • ‘And why have these Machiavellians become idealists?’
    • ‘Successful Machiavellians are far more interesting than the ones who botch it up or do it so obviously that they some how lose the Machiavellian nature of it in the process!’
    • ‘Chicago routinely trained me and numerous other students to become ruthless and unprincipled Machiavellians.’
    • ‘This must have presented quite the dilemma to our little Machiavellians, as they discussed the best way to do away with poor Storm.’
    • ‘Fortunately for him, there are no Machiavellians around to define it in more sinister terms.’
    • ‘It's a perfect tool for the disingenuous Machiavellians who run Washington today.’
    • ‘Instead of performing as a pursed-lipped Machiavellian, she chooses to play an elegantly miffed Hedda, one who contemptuously, but resignedly surveys the people and setting of her life.’
    • ‘Moreover, the Machiavellian in me cannot help but wryly shake the head in perverse tribute to what the Cubic boys have pulled off.’
    • ‘Nancy Reagan was reviled as a Hollywood airhead until she was reviled as a secret Machiavellian.’
    • ‘He is not a cynic or a Machiavellian in any traditionally understood sense.’
    • ‘If you want to be a Machiavellian, do not expect to enjoy a long career.’
    • ‘Or am I instead something more vicious - if I'm not a goober, than am I a Machiavellian, an accursed accomplice in horror, waiting to take my role as a future Heidegger?’
    • ‘A remarkable Machiavellian, Edmund sets out to redress that situation by turning his gullible, sensual father against his brother - with considerable, and terrible, success.’
    • ‘An accomplished Machiavellian, he used his ill-gotten wealth and his powers of patronage to outfox potential opponents and to keep wavering officials in line.’
    • ‘When we are told that the gods favour her for her ‘virtue,’ it seems that they are using that term in a Machiavellian rather than Christian sense.’
    • ‘As anybody who has read ‘The Prince’ knows, the true Machiavellian is one everybody thinks is a saint.’
    • ‘Simon Russell Beale's Cassius is not so much the scheming Machiavellian, but a timid, bullied character, more resentful than envious of those who hold office.’
    conspirator, co-conspirator, conspirer, plotter, schemer, colluder, collaborator, conniver
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Origin

Mid 16th century from the name of Niccolò Machiavelli (see Machiavelli, Niccolò.