Definition of devious
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Examples of devious in a Sentence
a dishonest and devious politician
He took us by a devious route to the center of the city.
Recent Examples of devious from the Web
But for an unapologetic celebration of devious women, Out of the Past and Brian De Palma’s Femme Fatale are much tougher.
Thomas J. Mayer’s Wotan was humane and accurate but clearly an equal to Jochen Schmeckenbecher’s devious, snarling Alberich.
Vogel’s credits include Kermit’s devious doppelganger, Constantine, World's Most Dangerous Frog in the 2014 film, Muppets Most Wanted.
In this instance, the oppressor was the Yankee Abolitionist in league with the devious Washington politician, together plotting to snatch from the South the constitutional right of an American, any American, to hold property in slaves.
And with a smirking Clint Eastwood as the soldier, the story—which Cullinan told entirely from the points of view of the women—became a simpleminded demonstration of how devious women are.
He is soon embroiled in a rivalry that turns devious and deadly.
Frank Underwood’s Most Devious Quotes What was that initial foray like—the fear and whatever else is involved?
Owens, after a devious whisper in his ear from Triple H, turned on Jericho and their best friends-turned-enemies feud was highlighted by a sensational match at WrestleMania.
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The "Lost" History of devious
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.
DEVIOUS Defined for English Language Learners
Definition of devious for English Language Learners
: willing to lie and trick people in order to get what is wanted
: not straight or direct : having many twists and turns
DEVIOUS Defined for Kids
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