One of the mysteries of the English language finally explained.
A person compared to Machiavelli for favouring expediency over morality.
- ‘Shakespeare, in one of his works, mentions ‘the murderous Machiavel.’’
- ‘The picture could be a physiognomical paradigm of a conspirator, a machinator, a schemer, a Machiavel.’
- ‘The murderous Machiavel, as Shakespeare called him, has never ceased to be an object of hatred to moralists of all persuasions, conservatives and revolutionaries alike.’
- ‘He notes that Carew, though a murderous Machiavel, never betrayed his sworn allegiance as the rebel chieftains did.’
- ‘But in the final scenes the icily regal Turner turns into a Tudor Machiavel as she seeks to distance herself from the death warrant she has signed: this is acting on the grand scale.’
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