from the GNU version of the Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • adj. Of or pertaining to Machiavelli, or to his supposed principles for conduct of government, as enunciated in his tract The Prince; politically cunning; characterized by duplicity, political expediency, unscrupulous cunning, or bad faith; crafty.
  • n. One who adopts the principles of Machiavelli; a cunning and unprincipled politician.


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  • People are always bringing up Kennedy-Johnson as a good example of the machiavelian old-school fighter becoming the VP of the young idealist.

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  • Dick Cheney doesn't have a monopoly on machiavelian plots.

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  • So, the strategy might be machiavelian or something considerably less competent than that - eh, it's difficult to know which would be preferable.

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  • "Heaven grant that there machiavelian manoevres may end in failure."

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  • No child's play now -- no diplomatic dissembling -- no sword thrusts intended to be parried, no machiavelian hits nor disguises.

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  • Page 21: machiavelian standardised to Machiavelian (second occurrence).

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  • To this practice, which deserved the very phrases which Coke used against the prisoner's dealings, 'devilish and machiavelian policy,' Raleigh protested again and again that he ought not to be subjected, until Coke lost his temper once more, and cried, 'I _thou_ thee, thou traitor, and I will prove thee the rankest traitor in all England.'


  • M. Blondet, the victim of the machiavelian President's intrigues, was one of the curious figures which lie buried away in the provinces like old coins in a crypt.

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  • | Reply | Permalink yeah. one way to get on the ticket for sure is to threaten the nominee with an assasination attempt. everytime hillary opens her mouth, the nightmare ticket becomes less and less of a possibility. if she blows this election i will never forgive senator clinton. i will never vote for her should she seek higher office again. i will do everything in my power to defeat her and her machiavelian ways.

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