deviousness


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de·vi·ous

 (dē′vē-əs)
adj.
1. Not straightforward; shifty: a devious character.
2. Departing from the correct or accepted way; erring: achieved success by devious means.
3. Deviating from the straight or direct course; roundabout: a devious route.
4. Away from a main road or course; distant or removed.

[From Latin dēvius, out-of-the-way : dē-, de- + via, road; see wegh- in Indo-European roots.]

de′vi·ous·ly adv.
de′vi·ous·ness n.
ThesaurusAntonymsRelated WordsSynonymsLegend:
Noun1.deviousness - the quality of being oblique and rambling indirectly
indirectness - having the characteristic of lacking a true course toward a goal
2.deviousness - the quality of being deceitful and underhanded
dishonesty - the quality of being dishonest

deviousness

noun
Translations
إلتِواء الأساليب، خِداعِيَّه
křivolakostscestnost
lumskheduhæderlighed
kanyargósság
lævísi; sviksemi
krivosť
hilekârlık

deviousness

[ˈdiːvɪəsnɪs] N
1. (= twistiness) → tortuosidad f
2. (= craftiness) [of person] → artería f

deviousness

[ˈdiːviəsnɪs] n [person] → sournoiserie f

deviousness

n
(= deceitfulness)Verschlagenheit f, → Hinterhältigkeit f; the deviousness of his mindseine verschlungenen Gedankengänge pl
(= tortuousness)Gewundenheit f

deviousness

[ˈdiːvɪəsnɪs] n (of scheme, behaviour) → disonestà, doppiezza; (of person) → modi subdoli

devious

(ˈdiːviəs) adjective
not direct; not straightforward. We climbed the hill by a devious route; He used devious methods to get what he wanted.
ˈdeviously adverb
ˈdeviousness noun
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