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See also: machiavellian
- (UK) IPA(key): /ˌmæk.i.əˈvɛl.i.ən/, /ˌmæk.jəˈvɛl.i.ən/
- (US) IPA(key): /ˌmɑk.i.əˈvɛl.i.ən/, /ˌmæk.jəˈvɛl.i.ən/
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- Attempting to achieve goals by cunning, scheming, and unscrupulous methods, especially in politics or in advancing one's career.
- 1999 January, Larry Cunningham, “Taking on Testilying”, in Criminal Justice Ethics, volume 18, →DOI, pages 26–40:
- The most common reason cited is a Machiavellian one: Police view perjury as a necessary means to achieve the ends of justice.
- Related to the philosophical system of Niccolò Machiavelli.
- 2006, Mark Vernon, “Plato or Machiavelli”, in Philosophy and Life:
- It is Machiavellian, in the sense that it revolves around the question of how to maintain power.
attempting to achieve goals by cunning, scheming, and unscrupulous methods
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Machiavellian (plural Machiavellians)