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devious

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adjective de·vi·ous \ˈdē-vē-əs, -vyəs\

Simple Definition of devious

  • : willing to lie and trick people in order to get what is wanted

  • : not straight or direct : having many twists and turns

Full Definition of devious

  1. 1 a :  wandering, roundabout <a devious path> b :  moving without a fixed course :  errant <devious breezes>

  2. 2 :  out-of-the-way, remote

  3. 3 a :  deviating from a right, accepted, or common course <devious conduct> b :  not straightforward :  cunning <a devious politician>; also :  deceptive <a devious trick>

de·vi·ous·ly adverb
de·vi·ous·ness noun

Examples of devious

  1. a dishonest and devious politician

  2. He took us by a devious route to the center of the city.



Origin of devious

Latin devius, from de from + via way — more at de-, way


First Known Use: 1599

Rhymes with devious



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