Definition of devious in English:

devious

Line breaks: de|vi¦ous
Pronunciation: /ˈdiːvɪəs
 
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adjective

Derivatives

deviously

adverb
More example sentences
  • Little did the police and the authorities, particularly the Foreign Office, know that all along the defendant was deviously spinning a web of lies.
  • Perhaps the fairy godmother could use one of her potions or deviously install her son as Fiona's new husband.
  • Instead of believing that, I have, being the deviously intelligent person I am, found out a way to curb this phobia of mine.

deviousness

noun
More example sentences
  • When we each get up to our particular bit of crookery and deviousness we don't say, ‘I'm stealing or cheating’ we say ‘I'm beating the system.’
  • When bad cops and crooks get together, the deviousness is doubled.
  • You can always get what you want by bribery and corruption, dishonesty and deviousness.

Origin

late 16th century: 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'.

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