Pejorative term to describe beliefs or conduct allegedly derived from the views of Italian political theorist Niccolo Machiavelli (1429-1527).

The end justifies the means, and moral considerations should be subordinated to the achievement of material or political goals. Used in this way, the term is a parody of the views actually expressed by Machiavelli.

David Miller, ed., The Blackwell Encyclopaedia of Political Thought (Oxford, 1987)

Machiavellianism or Machiavellian may refer to:

  • Political realism
  • Machiavellianism (psychology), a personality trait centered on cold and manipulative behavior
    • Machiavellianism in the workplace
  • Machiavellian intelligence, concept in primatology that deals with the ability to be in a successful political engagement with social groups
  • Machiavellian (horse), 1987–2004, an American racehorse
  • Machiavellianism (politics), the supposed political philosophy of Niccolò Machiavelli

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