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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…
(Definition of Machiavellian from the Cambridge Advanced Learners Dictionary & Thesaurus © Cambridge University Press)
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