What does devious mean?

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ˈdi vi əsde·vi·ous

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Princeton's WordNet

  1. devious, obliqueadjective

    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"

  2. devious, shiftyadjective

    characterized by insincerity or deceit; evasive

    "a devious character"; "shifty eyes"

  3. devious, circuitous, roundaboutadjective

    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"

Wiktionary

  1. deviousadjective

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

Webster Dictionary

  1. Deviousadjective

    out of a straight line; winding; varying from directness; as, a devious path or way

  2. Deviousadjective

    going out of the right or common course; going astray; erring; wandering; as, a devious step

Chambers 20th Century Dictionary

  1. Devious

    dē′vi-us, adj. from or out of the way: roundabout: erring.—adv. Dē′viously.—n. Dē′viousness. [L. devius. See Deviate.]

Editors Contribution

  1. devious

    Devious people or plans and methods are dishonest, often in a complicated way, but often also clever and successful;using indirect ways to get what you want, esp. without showing your real purpose;WANDERING, ROUNDABOUT;moving without a fixed course : ERRANT, OUT-OF-THE-WAY, REMOTE,: deviating from a right, accepted, or common course;sly ,scheming,calculating,tricky,crooked(informal),indirect,treacherous,dishonest,wily,insidious,evasive,deceitful,insincere,double-dealing,Slimy,rambling, tortuous, deviating,excursive,calculating,surreptitious,not straightforward : CUNNING, DECEPTIVE;artful, beguiling, cagey (also cagy), crafty,cute, designing, dodgy [chiefly British],foxy,guileful,shrewd, slick,subtle;dishonest and clever,Marked by treachery or deceit:disingenuous, duplicitous,lubricious,shifty,sneaky, underhand, underhanded.Not taking a direct or straight line or course:anfractuous, circuitous, circular,oblique.Without a fixed or regular course:erratic,stray.

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Numerology

  1. Chaldean Numerology

    The numerical value of devious in Chaldean Numerology is: 5

  2. Pythagorean Numerology

    The numerical value of devious in Pythagorean Numerology is: 5

Examples of devious in a Sentence

  1. Jonas Oransky:

    It does n’t matter necessarily if people are selling at scale, it’s not that all sellers are dangerous or devious, but buyers who know that they can skip the background check can look for an unlicensed seller.

  2. Charles Krauthammer:

    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.

  3. Jon Voight:

    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.

  4. Jonas Oransky:

    It’s not that all sellers are dangerous or devious, but buyers who know that they can skip the background check can look for an unlicensed seller.

  5. Jonas Oransky:

    It doesn’t matter necessarily if people are selling at scale, it’s not that all sellers are dangerous or devious, but buyers who know that they can skip the background check can look for an unlicensed seller.

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    a diacritical mark (-) placed above a vowel to indicate a long sound
    • A. congius
    • B. larceny
    • C. macron
    • D. arbalist

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