from The American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, 4th Edition
- adj. Of or relating to Machiavelli or Machiavellianism.
- adj. Suggestive of or characterized by expediency, deceit, and cunning.
from Wiktionary, Creative Commons Attribution/Share-Alike License
- adj. Attempting to achieve their goals by cunning, scheming, and unscrupulous methods.
- adj. Related to the philosophical system of Niccolò Machiavelli.
- n. A ruthless schemer.
from The Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia
- Of or pertaining to Niccolo Machiavelli (also called in English Machiavel) (1469–1527), an illustrious Italian patriot and writer, secretary of state and many times ambassador of the republic of Florence; conforming to the principles imputed to Machiavelli (see II.); hence, destitute of political morality; cunning in political management; habitually using duplicity and bad faith; astutely crafty.
- n. One who adopts the principles expounded by Machiavelli in his work entitled “The Prince,” a treatise on government in which political morality is disregarded and tyrannical methods of rule are inculcated.
from WordNet 3.0 Copyright 2006 by Princeton University. All rights reserved.
- n. a follower of Machiavelli's principles
- adj. of or relating to Machiavelli or the principles of conduct he recommended
From the name of the Italian statesman and writer Niccolò Machiavelli (1469-1527), whose work The Prince (1532) advises that acquiring and exercising power may require unethical methods. (Wiktionary)