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Definition: using clever trickery, immoral methods, and expediency to achieve a desired goal, especially in politics

Synonyms: cunning, sly, tricky, crafty, shrewd, unscrupulous

Antonyms: trustworthy, honest, sincere

Tips: Machiavellian comes from the name Machiavelli, who was an Italian statesmen who advocated a strong central government. Machiavelli was known for his shrewd, crafty, and manipulative political maneuvering.

Usage Examples:

The VP of Marketing, known for his Machiavellian maneuvers, has long been plotting his scheme to oust the company CEO. (cunning, crafty)

The Governor's well-crafted speech was a Machiavellian attempt at diminishing his poor reputation among the public. (shrewd)

He was known for his ruthless and Machiavellian business tactics. (cunning, unscrupulous)

I could see right through his Machiavellian plans to take credit for my work. (crafty, unscrupulous)

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