Machiavellianism

Definitions

  • WordNet 3.6
    • n Machiavellianism the political doctrine of Machiavelli: any means (however unscrupulous) can be used by a ruler in order to create and maintain his autocratic government
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Webster's Revised Unabridged Dictionary
    • n Machiavellianism The supposed principles of Machiavelli, or practice in conformity to them; political artifice, intended to favor arbitrary power.
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Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia
    • n Machiavellianism 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.
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Chambers's Twentieth Century Dictionary
    • n Machiavellianism the principles taught by Machiavel, or conduct regulated by them: cunning statesmanship
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Etymology

Webster's Revised Unabridged Dictionary
Cf. F. machiavélisme,; It. machiavellismo,

Usage

In literature:

Yet this was but a shallow artifice, unworthy of my Machiavellian aunt.
"The Double-Dealer" by William Congreve
That night at dinner I had a Machiavellian thought.
"Punch, or the London Charivari, Vol. 152, April 11, 1917" by Various
Then came the Machiavellian way; only, he managed as usual to execute it in his blundering English style.
"The Voice in the Fog" by Harold MacGrath
That Germany was playing a Machiavellian policy against the United States soon became evident.
"History of the American Negro in the Great World War" by W. Allison Sweeney
The operations of war were directed by the same Machiavellian maxims.
"The Life of George Washington, Vol. 5 (of 5)" by John Marshall
There was something Machiavellian in the sufferer's scheming.
"From the Housetops" by George Barr McCutcheon
But Herr Kerlen accuses England of pursuing the same Machiavellian policy of encouraging sedition abroad.
"Secret Societies And Subversive Movements" by Nesta H. Webster
Oh Miss Pimpernell, you machiavellian old lady!
"She and I, Volume 1" by John Conroy Hutcheson
Yet a more Machiavellian opinion could not have been uttered.
"A Political History of the State of New York, Volumes 1-3" by DeAlva Stanwood Alexander
Yet this was but a shallow artifice, unworthy of my Machiavellian aunt.
"The Comedies of William Congreve Volume 1 [of 2]" by William Congreve
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In news:

After much Machiavellian strategizing, Apple relented and allowed Hulu Plus into the walled bonsai garden that Apple TV has been.
Real-estate agents who exhibited more Machiavellian traits tended to see higher sales, meaning Machiavellian behavior and performance were found to be highly correlated.
Chris Matthews, the protagonist of Hardball, has written a book on Jack Kennedy as a leader in the Machiavellian tradition, preferring to be feared rather than loved.
" Machiavelli himself was the least Machiavellian of men," is how Unger puts it.
Some say the police and firefighter unions supported Walker's recent campaign for an open seat--but Machiavellian means and ends go beyond spare change in the campaign chest.
In purely Machiavellian terms, the fewer powerful men on the other side, the easier that task will be.
"That's too Machiavellian ," said someone who took part in that White House meeting.
"Too Machiavellian " It would be harder to come up with a more pithy summary of why Bush's foreign policy fell apart.
" Here are miniature " Machiavellian " p...
Draghi's Machiavellian Stroke Of Genius Or The End Of ECB Credibility.
A Machiavellian model for Obama.
The Orioles Peter Angelos and the Machiavellian Theorem .
He lacked the ruthlessness of Cardinal Richelieu and the supple Machiavellianism of his own patron, Cardinal Mazarin.
Obama's Machiavellian Tricks and the Big Lie About Taxing the Middle Class.
Our Entourage Street Cry (IRE) Machiavellian.
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