- of Machiavelli
- of, like, or characterized by the political principles and methods of expediency, craftiness, and duplicity set forth in Machiavelli's book, The Prince; crafty, deceitful, etc.
- The definition of Machiavellian is related to the crafty and deceitful principles in Machiavelli's book The Prince.
An example of something Machiavellian is the idea of using schemes to obtain political power; a Machiavellian idea.
- Machiavellian is defined as a person who follows Machiavelli's ideas of deceitfulness in The Prince.
An example of a Machiavellian is a person who will lie and cheat to get the throne.
- Of or relating to Machiavelli or Machiavellianism.
- Suggestive of or characterized by expediency, deceit, and cunning.
- Ma′chi·a·vel′li·an Ma′chi·a·vel′list
(comparative more machiavellian, superlative most machiavellian)
- Alternative form of Machiavellian.
- But this Machiavellian prince was the genuine son of St Louis.
- To say that the government deliberately adopted the Machiavellian policy of mastering the revolution by setting race against race would be to pay too high a compliment to its capacity.
- The international position of the Ottoman empire was strengthened by the able, if Machiavellian, statecraft of the sultan; while the danger of disruption from within was lessened by the more effective central control made possible by railways, telegraphs, and the other mechanical improvements borrowed from western civilization.
- But before referring to this last proof of the Machiavellian skill of the great Corsican in dealing with plots, it is needful to notice the events which brought him into collision with the British nation.
- To attribute to him a Machiavellian policy, which foresaw the overthrow of Corinth fifty years later and the conversion of Achaea into a Roman province, is absurd and disingenuous.