Definition of Machiavel in English:

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Pronunciation: /ˈmakēəˌvel/ Pronunciation: /ˈmäk-/


A person compared to Machiavelli for favoring expediency over morality.
Example sentences
  • The picture could be a physiognomical paradigm of a conspirator, a machinator, a schemer, a Machiavel.
  • He notes that Carew, though a murderous Machiavel, never betrayed his sworn allegiance as the rebel chieftains did.
  • Shakespeare, in one of his works, mentions ‘the murderous Machiavel.’

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Syllabification: Mach·i·a·vel

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