machiavelli, niccolò

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Machiavelli, Niccolò [(mak-ee-uh-vel-ee)]

An Italian political philosopher of the Renaissance. Machiavelli was the author of The Prince, a book that advises rulers to retain their power through cunning and ruthlessness.

Note: A “Machiavellian” individual is one who subordinates moral principle to political or personal goals.
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