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devious

[ dee-vee-uhs ]
/ ˈdi vi əs /
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adjective

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.

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Origin of devious

1590–1600; <Latin dēvius out-of-the way, erratic, equivalent to dē-de- + -vius adj. derivative of via way; see -ous

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British Dictionary definitions for devious

devious
/ (ˈdiːvɪəs) /

adjective

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

Derived forms of devious

deviously, adverbdeviousness, noun

Word Origin for devious

C16: from Latin dēvius lying to one side of the road, from de- + via road
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