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(noun) - a follower of Machiavelli's principles

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EXAMPLES - Machiavellian in a Sentence

  1. "Machiavellian" to suggest a manipulative administration hooked on (source)
  2. Illinois governor, Blagojevich can be described as Machiavellian today. (source)
  3. Current events: Who would you describe as "Machiavellian" today, and why? (source)
  4. I don't think that expertise in Machiavellian politics is such a bad idea. (source)
  5. What is with these people who think Karl Rove is some kind of Machiavellian genius? (source)
  6. It's that kind of Machiavellian operation that is the way things usually work in the Mideast. (source)
  7. It even noses out the rival political reproach "Machiavellian," which had a 500-year head start. (source)
  8. Natsios and others argue that no famine has ever inspired such "Machiavellian" manipulation of the numbers. (source)
  9. In other words, did Machiavelli actually recommend that rulers be "Machiavellian", as an ideal of government? (source)
  10. I recall being criticized because I used the term "Machiavellian" on television once in reference to all this. (source)
  11. Now that's what I call a Machiavellian bus; one can only think of the state of Massachusetts 'public transport. (source)
  12. He had expected windy vapourings, instead he found cold, reasoned statements -- a kind of Machiavellian philosophy. (source)
  13. But that's because you think it throws Ike Eisenhower into a kind of Machiavellian light if the story IS true as told. (source)
  14. It's a bastion of arrogance and the kind of Machiavellian "we know what's best for you" attitude that I utterly despise. (source)
  15. A "Machiavellian" politician is a cunning person who will say or do anything if he thinks it brings him political benefit. (source)
  16. But in fact it works - it's the kind of Machiavellian smarts that Pete excels at and, for once it turns out all right for him. (source)
  17. The term "Machiavellian" emerged in the 16th century to describe a devious, cruel tyrant, who uses any means to achieve his goals. (source)
  18. The Ai gineers, sobered by the miscalculation in their practical joke, gazed at him as though he were some kind of Machiavellian spoilsport. (source)
  19. Flanagan said the "Machiavellian" side is far more troubling than his political transformation, given that it almost cost him his government. (source)
  20. Willmore Kendall for example wrote about what was "truly admirable in Machiavelli" (the Discources), which are not at all "Machiavellian" (in the Prince-sense). (source)
  21. Here are miniature "Machiavellian" plots that would have a certain rhetorical effectiveness, yet would also involve manipulations in nonverbal "contexts of situation." (source)
  22. And there's the word Machiavellian: a single word that describes the political principles and methods advocated by Niccolo Machiavelli, a Florentine Statesman, in 1517. (source)
  23. Even today the term "Machiavellian" is used to criticize a politician who spends all his time and effort on getting ahead and manipulating other people for his own gain. (source)
  24. "Machiavellian" spirit designates the policy of intrigue that prevailed all through the sixteenth century, and infected even some of the best of the public men of that age. (source)
  25. Well, if teenagers are such hothouse flowers-- so malleable and easily swayed that it's considered "Machiavellian" to express an opinion for fear that they might actually listen! (source)
  26. He's short term Machiavellian tactician and a rubbish one to boot, especially when the spotlight is on him and he is not operating from the shadows as he had done until last June. (source)
  27. The mentality which speaks out of his writings has closest similarity to the famous Indian Arthashastra which originated slightly earlier; both books exhibit a "Machiavellian" spirit. (source)
  28. In the Lima interview, Flores sat slough-shouldered and dejected as he lamented his daughter's naivete in trusting the "Machiavellian" van der Sloot enough to accompany him to his room. (source)
  29. Yesterday, a cable news anchor promised to "break down" whether Barack Obama's remarks at a South Chicago church were heartfelt or part of a "Machiavellian" attempt to change his public image. (source)
  30. V. S. Ramachandran points out that humans are sometimes called the "Machiavellian primate" because of our ability to "read minds" in order to predict other peoples' behaviour and then outsmart them. (source)
  31. '' The Prince '' made '' '"Machiavellian"' '' a byword for deceit, despotism and political manipulation, as in a politician who spends all his time and effort on obtaining and retaining power for himself. (source)
  32. In their view his spiking of a plan last year to provide fuel for a research reactor in Tehran, in return for Iran sending most of its low-enriched uranium abroad, was all part of this "Machiavellian" agenda. (source)
  33. Neuroscientist V. S. Ramachandran points out that humans are sometimes called the "Machiavellian primate" because of our ability to "read minds" in order to predict other peoples' behaviour and then outsmart them. (source)
  34. Another London-based analyst said there was unlikely to be anything "Machiavellian" about the Chinese fund's move, and said the idea of a takeover would be "ridiculous" given Total's size and strategic importance for France. (source)
  35. Another study conducted by Mr. Keltner and Cameron Anderson, a professor at the Haas School of Business, measured "Machiavellian" tendencies, such as the willingness to spread malicious gossip, in a group of sorority sisters. (source)
  36. They are actually willing to give up their Episcopal Orders, their former Roman priests who had married, and anyone else in an "unclear" situation, casting them under the bus so to speak; sort of Machiavellian, which is ironic. (source)
  37. Aside from finding this rather extreme "Machiavellian" gets thrown around a bit in this article, this American academic is a bit puzzled: does this mean Oxford students are simply ranked at the end with no explanation whatsoever? (source)
  38. Jesuits begun to use the word Machiavellian in the sense that I have described, meaning someone unreliable, someone who always wears a mask, someone who is ready to deceive, who is always keen, always ready and prepared to put his interest before any other moral consideration. (source)
  39. But it goes so far as to say that, during the early hours of the Yom Kippur War in 1973, Kissinger even kept the details of what was happening from Nixon for about three hours, to keep him from intervening, and then made decisions on his own -- so, very, very, you know, kind of Machiavellian -- Machiavellian politics there. (source)
  40. The following observations-which could never pass as "Machiavellian" - should be viewed against the author's more famously glittering advice: "A prince must have the people on his side, otherwise he will not have support in adverse times"; "A prince need not worry unduly about conspiracies when the people are well disposed toward him. (source)
  41. It's almost incomprehensible to me, 16 years later, that the name which was once so closely associated with faith in the future of this country and in the power of those who haven't yet been thoroughly contaminated by the astringency of the process has now become synonymous with the worst kind of Machiavellian, win-at-all-costs cynicism. (source)

Sentence Information

The average Flesch reading-ease score of the 41 example sentences provided below is 42.0, which suggests that "machiavellian" is a difficult word that tends to be used by individuals of higher education, and is likely found in more advanced literature or in academia.


We have 17 synonyms for machiavellian.

artful, astute, calculating, conniving, contriving, crafty, cunning, deceitful, devious, expedient, opportunist, plotting, shrewd, sly, underhanded, unscrupulous, wily


We have 0 antonyms for machiavellian.





View up to 25 definitions of machiavellian from 5 different sources, as well as parts of speech.

from The American Heritage© Dictionary of the English Language, 4th Edition
  1. (adjective) Of or relating to Machiavelli or Machiavellianism.
  2. (adjective) Suggestive of or characterized by expediency, deceit, and cunning.

from Wiktionary, Creative Commons Attribution/Share-Alike License
  1. (adjective) Attempting to achieve their goals by cunning, scheming, and unscrupulous methods.
  2. (adjective) Related to the philosophical system of Niccolò Machiavelli.
  3. (noun) A ruthless schemer.

from The Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia
  1. (None) 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.
  2. (noun) 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.
  1. (noun) a follower of Machiavelli's principles
  2. (adjective) of or relating to Machiavelli or the principles of conduct he recommended