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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

Source: Merriam-Webster's Learner's Dictionary

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>

deviously adverb
deviousness noun

Examples of devious in a sentence

  1. a dishonest and devious politician

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



Did You Know?

If you think someone devious has lost their way, you're right, etymologically speaking - the word derives from the Latin adjective devius, itself formed from the prefix de- ("from" or "away") and the noun "via" ("way"). When "devious" was first used in the late 16th century, it implied a literal wandering off the "way," suggesting something that meandered or had no fixed course (as in "a devious route" or "devious breezes"). Relatively quickly, however, the word came to suggest someone or something that had metaphorically rather than literally left the "right path" or to deceitful (rather than "straight"-forward) behavior.

Origin of devious

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


First Known Use: 1599

Rhymes with devious


DEVIOUS Defined for Kids

devious

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adjective de·vi·ous \ˈdē-vē-əs\

Definition of devious for Students

  1. 1 :  sneaky, dishonest

  2. 2 :  not straight :  having many twists and turns <a devious trail>





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