Machiavellian meaning, Machiavellian definition | English Cobuild dictionary

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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)    (=devious)  
...Machiavellian republicans plotting to destabilise the throne..., A Machiavellian plot was suspected.     
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amoral, artful, astute, crafty, cunning, cynical, deceitful, designing, double-dealing, foxy, intriguing, opportunist, perfidious, scheming, shrewd, sly, underhand, unscrupulous, wily  

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