departing from the most direct way; circuitous; indirect: a devious course.
without definite course; vagrant: a devious current.
departing from the proper or accepted way; roundabout: a devious procedure.
not straightforward; shifty or crooked: a devious scheme to acquire wealth.
- de·vi·ous·ly, adverb
- de·vi·ous·ness, noun
- non·de·vi·ous, adjective
- non·de·vi·ous·ly, adverb
- non·de·vi·ous·ness, noun
- un·de·vi·ous, adjective
- un·de·vi·ous·ly, adverb
- un·de·vi·ous·ness, noun
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How to use devious in a sentence
I’ve pounded the desk while doing devious British crosswords.Doing Puzzles Can Help Solve Your Other Problems, Too | AJ Jacobs | May 5, 2022 | Time
In Philipps’s telling, Gallagher is a soulless master manipulator who goads his men into committing war crimes in a devious effort to prevent them from turning on him.
Exceedingly devious how you hid the context with an ellipses in your tweet.
Everyone who is a critic of Carlson is engaged in some devious effort to undermine him and his supporters, the truth-teller and the real Americans.Perhaps Tucker Carlson’s data cherry-picking isn’t limited to vaccines | Philip Bump | May 7, 2021 | Washington Post
In ways large and small, devious and immature, ingenious and inspiring, she struggled to escape.
Rocket teamed up with the Incredible Hulk to overthrow Judson Jakes, a devious mole.11 Things to Know About Bradley Cooper’s Rocket Raccoon in Guardians of the Galaxy | Marina Watts | February 19, 2014 | THE DAILY BEAST
“I love college football,” she tells me with a devious grin.Meet the Pint-Sized Pro Golfers of Netflix’s ‘The Short Game’ | Abby Haglage | December 12, 2013 | THE DAILY BEAST
The alleged conspirators also used more devious means to bolster credit scores.How to Commit a $200 Million Scam: Inside the Year’s Most Shocking Credit Card Fraud | Daniel Gross | February 6, 2013 | THE DAILY BEAST
Bork said modern liberals have to use devious lies to get elected.Speed Read: Best Bits From Robert Bork’s ‘Slouching Towards Gomorrah’ | Michael Moynihan | December 20, 2012 | THE DAILY BEAST
Easterns are born with an appetite for intrigue, with a love of walking in hidden ways and creeping along devious paths.Bella Donna | Robert Hichens
The conversation had come, by some devious route, to Vegetarianism; and the clergyman was disapproving of it.Love's Pilgrimage | Upton Sinclair
Fettes, with various liquors singing in his head, returned home with devious footsteps and a mind entirely in abeyance.Tales and Fantasies | Robert Louis Stevenson
The remaining bullocks strayed devious, and the douce McLaughlan blandly absorbed the sheep.It Is Never Too Late to Mend | Charles Reade
Then he almost suspected that Lester was being devious and clever.The Planet Strappers | Raymond Zinke Gallun
British Dictionary definitions for devious
not sincere or candid; deceitful; underhand
(of a route or course of action) rambling; indirect; roundabout
going astray from a proper or accepted way; erring
- deviously, adverb
- deviousness, noun
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