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devious

adjective

Synonyms and Antonyms of devious

  1. 1 clever at attaining one's ends by indirect and often deceptive means we always left it to our most devious friends to find out the latest information Synonyms of devious beguiling, cagey (also cagy), crafty, cunning, cute, designing, artful, dodgy [chiefly British], foxy, guileful, scheming, shrewd, slick, sly, subtle, tricky, wilyWords Related to devious astute, facile, glib, sharp; crooked, deceitful, deceptive, dishonest, fraudulent, insinuating, knavish, Machiavellian, oblique, serpentine, shady, shifty, slippery, sneaky, treacherous, underhand, underhanded, unscrupulous; backhanded, double-dealing, hypocritical, insincere, left-handed, mealy, mealymouthed, smooth-tongued, two-faced; circuitous, circular, roundabout; clandestine, concealed, covert, furtive, hugger-mugger, secret, stealthy, surreptitious, undercover; calculating, plottingNear Antonyms of devious obvious, open, patent, plain, public, unconcealed; aboveboard, candid, direct, forthright, frank, honest, natural, outspoken, plainspoken, real, simple, sincere, straightforward, unaffected, unpretending, unpretentious, unvarnished; childlike, impressionable, simpleminded, unsophisticated, unworldly; unforced, unstudied; trustful, trustingAntonyms of devious artless, guileless, ingenuous, innocent, undesigning

  2. 2 marked by a long series of irregular curves a devious trail through the swampland Synonyms of devious bending, crazy, curled, curling, curved, curving, curvy, crooked, serpentine, sinuous, tortuous, twisted, twisting, winding, windyWords Related to devious zigzag, zigzagging; circling, coiled, coiling, corkscrew, looping, spiral, spiraling (or spiralling), swirling; circuitous, indirect, roundabout; meandering, rambling, wandering; irregular, jagged, unevenNear Antonyms of devious direct, linearAntonyms of devious straight, straightaway

  3. 3 departing from some accepted standard of what is normal her behavior is devious because of a developmental disorder Synonyms of devious aberrant, aberrational, abnormal, anomalous, atypical, deviate, deviant, irregular, unnatural, untypicalWords Related to devious unrepresentative; extraordinary, preternatural; rare, uncommon, uncustomary, unusual, unwonted; bizarre, curious, far-out, funny, kinky, odd, outlandish, out-of-the-way, outré, peculiar, quaint, queer, queerish, quirky, remarkable, screwy, strange, wacky (also whacky), way-out, weird, wild; eccentric, freakish, idiosyncratic, nonconformist, unconventional, unorthodox; extraordinary, preternatural; rare, uncommon, uncustomary, unusual, unwonted; odd, peculiar, strangeNear Antonyms of devious common, commonplace, everyday, familiar, ordinary, routine, run-of-the-mill, run-of-the-mine (or run-of-mine), unexceptional, unremarkable, workaday; customary, usual, wonted; archetypal (also archetypical), average, characteristic, representativeAntonyms of devious natural, normal, regular, standard, typical

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