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Machiavelli, Niccolò

Pronunciation: /ˌmakɪəˈvɛli/
1 (1469–1527), Italian statesman and political philosopher; full name Niccolò di Bernardo dei Machiavelli. His best-known work is The Prince (1532), which advises rulers that the acquisition and effective use of power may necessitate unethical methods.
1.1 (as noun a Machiavelli) A person perceived as prepared to use unethical means to gain an advantage.
Example sentences
  • Unfortunately, junior Machiavellis claiming to wear the white hat still are running amok among us.
  • And the latter-day Machiavellis saw potentially great political significance in the timing of turning points.
  • Yet, here he was enduring heat, bugs and primitive conditions and all the while utilizing the manipulative skills of a Machiavelli.
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