If you describe someone as Machiavellian, you are critical of them because they often make clever and secret plans to achieve their aims and are not honest with people. adj usu ADJ n (disapproval)
...Machiavellian republicans plotting to destabilise the throne..., A Machiavellian plot was suspected.
Translation English Cobuild Collins Dictionary
amoral, artful, astute, crafty, cunning, cynical, deceitful, designing, double-dealing, foxy, intriguing, opportunist, perfidious, scheming, shrewd, sly, underhand, unscrupulous, wily
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