from The American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, 4th Edition
- n. The political doctrine of Machiavelli, which denies the relevance of morality in political affairs and holds that craft and deceit are justified in pursuing and maintaining political power.
from Wiktionary, Creative Commons Attribution/Share-Alike License
- n. A political philosophy, based on the writings of Machiavelli, especially The Prince, that advocates the use of ruthlessness and duplicity in political dealings.
- n. A political maneuver that exemplifies the philosophy.
- n. Any ruthless, duplicitous behavior.
from The Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia
- n. The principles or system of statesmanship of Machiavelli; the political doctrines attributed to Machiavelli—namely, the pursuit of success at any price, and the systematic subordination of right to expediency (see Machiavellian, n.); the theory that all means may be justifiably employed, however unlawful and treacherous in themselves, for the establishment and maintenance of the authority of the ruler over his subjects; political cunning and unscrupulous artifice.
from WordNet 3.0 Copyright 2006 by Princeton University. All rights reserved.
- n. the political doctrine of Machiavelli: any means (however unscrupulous) can be used by a ruler in order to create and maintain his autocratic government
Wolcott is referring to Niccolò Machiavelli, a philosopher and writer in the Italian Renaissance, who inspired the political term Machiavellianism, defined as "the employment of cunning and duplicity in statecraft or in general conduct," according to the Oxford English Dictionary.
In a modern context Machiavellianism is also a term that some social and personality psychologists use to describe a person’s tendency to deceive and manipulate others for personal gain.
By doing all of this, the Grotian school is supposed to negotiate a middle way between bare-knuckled "Machiavellianism" and excessively idealistic
According to the Oxford English Dictionary 'Machiavellianism' is "the employment of cunning and duplicity in statecraft or in general conduct", but as the quote above from 'The Prince' shows Machiavelli was also a pragmatic realist.
The only gaping flaw in McConnell's Machiavellianism is the hard cold fact that Congress would have to vote on this scheme in the first place.
You can decry this as crass Machiavellianism if you wish, but that's the way life works in Washington.
This paragraph is a paradigm of legal Machiavellianism – and is pretty weak legal reasoning for an academic.
Britton doesn't radiate cruel strength to begin with -- he's kind of a cuddly-looking fellow, and he doesn't clearly display Richard's Machiavellianism.
Rahm Emanuel's Machiavellianism, if one can call it that, is a pale, unsuccessful, ineffective version.
Thereplacement of manufacturing with service industries has made chameleonism, Machiavellianism, charm and office political skills increasingly vital for success.