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devious

División en sílabas: de·vi·ous
Pronunciación: /ˈdēvēəs
 
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Definición de devious en inglés:

adjetivo

1Showing a skillful use of underhanded tactics to achieve goals: he’s as devious as a politician needs to be they have devious ways of making money
Más ejemplos en oraciones
  • It can only be the devious and underhand tactic of incorporating it in 90% of the world's web browsers.
  • The Nazis saw the Jews and Poles as feminine races, achieving their goals through devious plots rather than masculine openness.
  • That is the sort of devious, dodgy tactic this Government gets up to.
Sinónimos
underhanded, deceitful, dishonest, dishonorable, unethical, unprincipled, immoral, unscrupulous, fraudulent, dubious, unfair, treacherous, duplicitous;
sneaky, furtive, secret, clandestine, surreptitious, covert, snide
informal crooked, shady, dirty, lowdown
2(Of a route or journey) longer and less direct than the most straightforward way: they arrived at the town by a devious route
Más ejemplos en oraciones
  • What is difficult about maneuver is to make the devious route the most direct and to turn misfortune to advantage.
  • The Scire made her way by a devious route to Port Lago on the Italian-occupied island of Leros in the Aegean to rendezvous with the frogmen crews.
Sinónimos

Origen

late 16th century: from Latin devius (from de- 'away from' + via 'way') + -ous. The original sense was 'remote or sequestered'; the later sense 'departing from the direct route' gave rise to the figurative sense 'deviating from the straight way' and hence 'skilled in underhanded tactics'.

Derivados

deviously

1
adverbio
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

2
sustantivo
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.

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