Machiavelli

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English[edit]

Etymology[edit]

The name derives from the feminine suffix machia, meaning "battle, fight" (see -machy) + Latin velli, present passive infinitive of vello "to pull or tear down, demolish."

Proper noun[edit]

Machiavelli (plural Machiavellis)

  1. Niccolò Machiavelli (1469-1527), Italian statesman and writer, whose work The Prince (1532) advises that acquiring and exercising power may require unethical methods.
  2. A Machiavellian person

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