Machiavelli meaning

makēəvelē, mäkēəvelē
Niccolò Machiavelli (1469-1527), Italian statesman and writer, whose work The Prince (1532) advises that acquiring and exercising power may require unethical methods.
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A Machiavellian person.
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(person) 1469-1527; Florentine statesman & writer.
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Origin of machiavelli

  • The name derives from the feminine suffix machia, meaning "battle, fight" (see -machy) + Latin velli, present passive infinitive of vello "to pull or tear down, demolish."

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