A statue of Machiavelli.
Machiavelli definition by Webster's New World
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Machiavelli, Niccolò (di Bernardo) 1469-1527; Florentine statesman & writer
Machiavelli definition by American Heritage Dictionary
, Niccolò 1469-1527.
Italian political theorist whose book The Prince (1513) describes the achievement and maintenance of power by a determined ruler indifferent to moral considerations.