indirect in departing from the accepted or proper way; misleading
"used devious means to achieve success"; "gave oblique answers to direct questions"; "oblique political maneuvers"
characterized by insincerity or deceit; evasive
"a devious character"; "shifty eyes"
devious, circuitous, roundabout(adj)
deviating from a straight course
"a scenic but devious route"; "a long and circuitous journey by train and boat"; "a roundabout route avoided rush-hour traffic"
Deviating; not straightforward or honest, not frank; not standard.
out of a straight line; winding; varying from directness; as, a devious path or way
going out of the right or common course; going astray; erring; wandering; as, a devious step
Chambers 20th Century Dictionary
dē′vi-us, adj. from or out of the way: roundabout: erring.—adv. Dē′viously.—n. Dē′viousness. [L. devius. See Deviate.]
The numerical value of devious in Chaldean Numerology is: 5
The numerical value of devious in Pythagorean Numerology is: 5
Sample Sentences & Example Usage
We were dealing with very devious people who had the capability to destroy me as a republican.
If we insist that public life be reserved for those whose personal history is pristine, we are not going to get paragons of virtue running our affairs. We will get the very rich, who contract out the messy things in life the very dull, who have nothing to hide and nothing to show and the very devious, expert at covering their tracks and ambitious enough to risk their discovery.
Unable to create a meaningful life for itself, the personality takes its own revenge: from the lower depths comes a regressive form of spontaneity: raw animality forms a counterpoise to the meaningless stimuli and the vicarious life to which the ordinary man is conditioned. Getting spiritual nourishment from this chaos of events, sensations, and devious interpretations is the equivalent of trying to pick through a garbage pile for food.
There are a lot of conservatives in Hollywood, and they’re not very welcome, Voight told the December issue of Cigar Afficiando. It’s a big surprise that we’ve come to this juncture where people with patriotic thoughts could not find a home in Hollywood. i think the word ‘progressive’ is a very devious term. It was created as a substitute for ‘communist,’ he said. What they propose is the reverse of progress. It’s some that that does taste of communism and Karl Marx’s pernicious philosophy.
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- околен, непряк, лъкатушенBulgarian
- غیر مستقیمPersian
- petollinen, katala, kiero, mutkittelevaFinnish
- rusé, sournois, roublardFrench
- 멀리 돌아가는Korean
- kronkelend, onoprecht, heimelijk, omslachtigDutch
- przebiegły, podstępnyPolish
- неискренний, нечестный, окольныйRussian
- quanh coVietnamese
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