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devious

[dee-vee-uh s] /ˈdi vi əs/
adjective
1.
departing from the most direct way; circuitous; indirect:
a devious course.
2.
without definite course; vagrant:
a devious current.
3.
departing from the proper or accepted way; roundabout:
a devious procedure.
4.
not straightforward; shifty or crooked:
a devious scheme to acquire wealth.
Origin
1590-1600
1590-1600; < Latin dēvius out-of-the way, erratic, equivalent to dē- de- + -vius adj. derivative of via way; see -ous
Related forms
deviously, adverb
deviousness, noun
nondevious, adjective
nondeviously, adverb
nondeviousness, noun
undevious, adjective
undeviously, adverb
undeviousness, noun
Synonyms
1. roundabout, tortuous, involved. 4. subtle, cunning, crafty, artful, sly.
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British Dictionary definitions for deviously

devious

/ˈdiːvɪəs/
adjective
1.
not sincere or candid; deceitful; underhand
2.
(of a route or course of action) rambling; indirect; roundabout
3.
going astray from a proper or accepted way; erring
Derived Forms
deviously, adverb
deviousness, noun
Word Origin
C16: from Latin dēvius lying to one side of the road, from de- + via road
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Word Origin and History for deviously
devious
1590s, from L. devius "out of the way, remote," from de via (see deviate). Originally in the Latin literal sense; figurative sense of "deceitful" is first recorded 1630s.
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