\Mach`i*a*vel"ian\, a. [From Machiavel, an Italian writer, secretary and historiographer to the republic of Florence.] Of or pertaining to Machiavel, or to his supposed principles; politically cunning; characterized by duplicity or bad faith; crafty.
n. pl. du·plic·i·ties
- <LI type=a>Deliberate deceptiveness in behavior or speech.
- An instance of deliberate deceptiveness; double-dealing.
- The quality or state of being twofold or double.