I adjective aberrant, ambagious, artful, circuitous, crafty, crooked, cunning, deceitful, designing, deviating, deviative, devius, errant, excursive, foxy, indirect, insidious, labyrinthine, roundabout, scheming, serpentine, sinuous, sly, sneaking, tortuous, tricky, uncandid, unstraightforward, wily II index artful, blameworthy, circuitous, discursive (digressive), disingenuous, disreputable, indirect, insidious, machiavellian, oblique (evasive), sinuous, sly, tortuous (corrupt)

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  • devious — de‧vi‧ous [ˈdiːviəs] adjective using dishonest tricks and deceiving people to get what you want: • He s an honest businessman, not the devious executive the government says he is. deviously adverb deviousness noun [uncountable] : • the… …   Financial and business terms

  • Devious — De vi*ous, a. [L. devius; de + via way. See {Viaduct}.] 1. Out of a straight line; winding; varying from directness; as, a devious path or way. [1913 Webster] 2. Going out of the right or common course; going astray; erring; wandering; as, a… …   The Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • Devious — may refer to: DeviousMUD, the forerunner to MMORPG Runescape Devious (novel), the ninth book in The It Girl series by Cecily von Ziegesar Devious Diesel, a character in the television series Thomas and Friends This disambiguation page lists… …   Wikipedia

  • devious — [adj1] dishonest, crafty artful, calculating, crooked, deceitful, double dealing, duplicitous, errant, erring, evasive, faking one out*, fishy*, foxy*, fraudulent, guileful, indirect, insidious, insincere, not straightforward, oblique,… …   New thesaurus

  • devious — 1590s, out of the way, from L. devius out of the way, remote, off the main road, from de via (see DEVIATE (Cf. deviate)). Originally in the Latin literal sense; figurative sense of deceitful is first recorded 1630s. Related: Deviously;… …   Etymology dictionary

  • devious — *crooked, oblique Analogous words: deviating, diverging, digressing (see SWERVE): aberrant, *abnormal: tricky, crafty, artful, cunning, foxy, insidious, *sly Antonyms: straightforward Contrasted words: downright, *forthright …   New Dictionary of Synonyms

  • devious — ► ADJECTIVE 1) skilful in using underhand tactics. 2) (of a route or journey) deviating from the most direct course; circuitous. DERIVATIVES deviously adverb deviousness noun. ORIGIN Latin devius out of the way , from via way …   English terms dictionary

  • devious — [dē′vē əs] adj. [L devius < de , off, from + via, road: see VIA] 1. not in a straight path; roundabout; winding 2. deviating from the proper or usual course; going astray 3. not straightforward or frank; deceiving deviously adv. deviousness n …   English World dictionary

  • devious — adjective Etymology: Latin devius, from de from + via way more at de , way Date: 1599 1. a. wandering, roundabout < a devious path > b. moving without a fixed course ; errant …   New Collegiate Dictionary

  • devious — [[t]di͟ːviəs[/t]] 1) ADJ GRADED (disapproval) If you describe someone as devious you do not like them because you think they are are dishonest and like to keep things secret, often in a complicated way. Newman was certainly devious, prepared to… …   English dictionary

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