Ma·chi·a·vel·li·an·ism (măk'ē-ə-vĕlʹē-ə-nĭz'əm) also Ma·chi·a·vel·lism (-vĕlʹĭz'əm) n.
The political doctrine of Machiavelli, which denies the relevance of morality in political affairs and holds that craft and deceit are justified in pursuing and maintaining political power.

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