machiavellian machiavellian  /ˌmɑ ki ə ˈvɛ li ən/


  1. (n) a follower of Machiavelli's principles
  2. (adj) of or relating to Machiavelli or the principles of conduct he recommended

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  • Do you see this as a serious attempt to get at the truth or partisan politicsmachiavellian moves? in regard to President Clinton? John Dean: I must believe that Ken Starr and his .


  • Happytown: Private health care for Florida prisons

    BETWEEN THE BARS Though he has yet to succeed at his grand Machiavellian plan to privatize all of Florida’s 26 state prisons outright, last week Gov. Rick Scott was able to retain a shred of his dignity when the Fifth District Court of Appeals quietly approved a controversial plan to privatize prison health care for much of Florida. For the past two years, the notion of saving money through ...
    on June 12, 2013     Source: Orlando Weekly


  1. Andrei Lankov, of South Korea's Kookmin University, said the sinking showed that the Pyongyang regime "is becoming less calculating, less rational and less Machiavellian than it used to be".
    on May 19, 2010 By: Andrei Lankov Source: AFP

  2. "I was very interested in how Machiavellian he was," says Burns, whose second volume on Roosevelt, Roosevelt: Soldier of Freedom, was published in 1970 and won the Pulitzer Prize and the National Book Award. "He was a manipulator, and at the...
    on Dec 22, 2007 By: James MacGregor Burns Source: USA Today

  3. "Either this guy believes his party is not serious and he's totally Machiavellian," Mr. Clinton said, or "he may be blinded by self-loathing."
    on Apr 11, 2005 By: Bill Clinton Source: New York Times

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