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Machiavellian

adjective uk   /ˌmæk.i.əˈvel.i.ən/ us  
using clever but often dishonest methods that deceive people so that you can win power or control
Translations of “Machiavellian”
in Chinese (Traditional) 馬基雅弗利主義的,為奪取權力而不擇手段的…
in Chinese (Simplified) 马基雅弗利式的,为夺取权力而不择手段的…
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