Definition of devious adjective from the Oxford Advanced Learner's Dictionary



    BrE BrE//ˈdiːviəs//
    ; NAmE NAmE//ˈdiːviəs//
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  1. 1behaving in a dishonest or indirect way, or tricking people, in order to get something synonym deceitful, underhand a devious politician He got rich by devious means. See related entries: Dishonest
  2. 2devious route/path a route or path that is not straight but has many changes in direction; not direct a devious route from the airport
  3. Word Originlate 16th cent.: from Latin devius (from de- ‘away from’ + via ‘way’) + -ous. The original sense was ‘remote’; the later sense ‘departing from the direct route’ gave rise to the figurative sense ‘deviating from the straight way’ and hence ‘skilled in underhand tactics’.Extra examples He’s as devious as a politician needs to be. They got rich by devious means. You have a devious mind, Mr Angel. Ever thought of a career in the police?
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