Definition of Devious

1. Adjective. Indirect in departing from the accepted or proper way; misleading. "Oblique political maneuvers"

Exact synonyms: Oblique
Similar to: Indirect
Derivative terms: Deviousness, Obliqueness, Obliquity



2. Adjective. Characterized by insincerity or deceit; evasive. "Shifty eyes"
Exact synonyms: Shifty
Similar to: Untrustworthy, Untrusty
Derivative terms: Deviousness, Shiftiness

3. Adjective. Deviating from a straight course. "A roundabout route avoided rush-hour traffic"
Exact synonyms: Circuitous, Roundabout
Similar to: Indirect
Derivative terms: Deviousness

Definition of Devious

1. a. Out of a straight line; winding; varying from directness; as, a devious path or way.

Definition of Devious

1. Adjective. Deviating; not straightforward or honest, not frank; not standard. ¹

¹ Source: wiktionary.com

Definition of Devious

1. indirect [adj] - See also: indirect

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Lexicographical Neighbors of Devious

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devillike
devilline
devilling
devilment
devilments
devilries
devilry
devils
devilship
deviltries
deviltry
devilwood
devilwoods
deviometer
devious (current term)
deviously
deviousness
deviousnesses
devirgination
devirginations
devisable
devisal
devisals
devise
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devisee
devisees

Literary usage of Devious

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1. Democracy and the Eastern Question: The Problem of the Far East as by Thomas Franklin Millard (1919)
"JAPAN'S course during the war was so devious and at times so oblique that only by keeping clearly in mind its ruling motive is her policy comprehensible. ..."

2. Publishers Weekly by Publishers' Board of Trade (U.S.), Book Trade Association of Philadelphia, American Book Trade Union, Am. Book Trade Association, R.R. Bowker Company (1892)
"The pale flame colored ries ; by the mill and its weeping willows ; and below, by devious loops, to Hatton Rock, that the picnickers from Stratford know—a ..."

3. The Seasons by James Thomson (1744)
"... the wildly-devious Morning-walk? Bu T yonder comes the powerful King of Day, 80 Rejoicing in the Eaft. ..."

4. The Catholic Encyclopedia: An International Work of Reference on the by Charles George Herbermann, Edward Aloysius Pace, Condé Bénoist Pallen, Thomas Joseph Shahan, John Joseph Wynne (1913)
"Life was brought into the chaos of cosmic dust, cold and dark as it was from the first, by a devious variety of motions, after the fashion of Descartes's ..."

5. Bushido: the Soul of Japan: An Exposition of Japanese Thought by Inazō Nitobe (1899)
"... take my readers into the devious paths of our national history ; the second will be dwelt upon at greater length, as being most likely to ..."

6. English Hymns: Their Authors and History by Samuel Willoughby Duffield (1886)
"In devious way," 1823. " God is love ! His mercy brightens," 1825. " Watchman, tell us of the night," 1825. " In the Cross of Christ I glory," 1825. ..."

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