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- Machiavelli, 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.
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- proper n. Niccolò Machiavelli (1469-1527), Italian statesman and writer, whose work The Prince (1532) advises that acquiring and exercising power may require unethical methods.
- proper n. A Machiavellian person
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- n. a statesman of Florence who advocated a strong central government (1469-1527)
The name derives from the feminine suffix machia, meaning "battle, fight" (see -machy) + velli, present passive infinitive of vello, "to pull or tear down, demolish." (Wiktionary)