Ma*che"te(m*sht"; Sp. m*ch"t), n. [Sp.] A large heavy knife resembling a broadsword, often two or three feet in length, -- used by the inhabitants of Spanish America as a hatchet to cut their way through thickets, and for various other purposes. J. Stevens.
Syn. -- matchet.
Mach`i*a*vel"lian(?), a. [From Machiavel (also called Machiavelli), an Italian writer, secretary and historiographer to the republic of Florence.] Of or pertaining to Machiavelli, or to his supposed principles for conduct of government, as enunciated in his tract The Prince; politically cunning; characterized by duplicity, political expediency, unscrupulous cunning, or bad faith; crafty.
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Mach`i*a*vel"lian, n. One who adopts the principles of Machiavelli; a cunning and unprincipled politician.
Mach`i*a*vel"lian*ism(?), } n. [Cf. F. machiavlisme; It. machiavellismo.] The supposed principles of Machiavelli, or practice in conformity to them; political artifice, intended to favor arbitrary power.
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