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Machiavellian

adjective     /ˌmæk.i.əˈvel.i.ən/
using clever but often dishonest methods that deceive people so that you can win power or controlSly and devious
(Definition of Machiavellian adjective from the Cambridge Advanced Learner's Dictionary & Thesaurus © Cambridge University Press)
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