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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.

devious

(ˈdiːvɪəs)
adj
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
[C16: from Latin dēvius lying to one side of the road, from de- + via road]
ˈdeviously adv
ˈdeviousness n

de•vi•ous

(ˈdi vi əs)

adj.
1. departing from the most direct way; circuitous; roundabout: a devious course.
2. departing from the proper or accepted way: a devious procedure.
3. not straightforward or sincere; shifty.
4. without definite course; vagrant: a devious current.
[1590–1600; < Latin dēvius out-of-the way, erratic =dē- de- + -vius adj. derivative of via way; see -ous]
de′vi•ous•ly, adv.
de′vi•ous•ness, n.

devious

- Its literal meaning is "out of the way," from Latin de via—applied to a place that was remote because it was off the main road.
See also related terms for remote.
ThesaurusAntonymsRelated WordsSynonymsLegend:
Adj.1.devious - indirect in departing from the accepted or proper way; misleading; "used devious means to achieve success"; "gave oblique answers to direct questions"; "oblique political maneuvers"
indirect - extended senses; not direct in manner or language or behavior or action; "making indirect but legitimate inquiries"; "an indirect insult"; "doubtless they had some indirect purpose in mind"; "though his methods are indirect they are not dishonest"; "known as a shady indirect fellow"
2.devious - characterized by insincerity or deceit; evasive; "a devious character"; "shifty eyes"
untrustworthy, untrusty - not worthy of trust or belief; "an untrustworthy person"
3.devious - deviating from a straight course; "a scenic but devious route"; "a long and circuitous journey by train and boat"; "a roundabout route avoided rush-hour traffic"
indirect - not direct in spatial dimension; not leading by a straight line or course to a destination; "sometimes taking an indirect path saves time"; "you must take an indirect course in sailing"

devious

devious

adjective
2. Not taking a direct or straight line or course:
3. Without a fixed or regular course:
Translations
غَيْر مُباشِر، مُلْتَوٍ، خِداعي
klikatýkřivolaký
lumsklusketuhæderlig
hlykkjóttur, króka-
aplinkiniu būduklastingumas
aplinkusnegodīgs
krivolaký

devious

[ˈdiːvɪəs] ADJ
1. (= twisting, winding) [path] → tortuoso, sinuoso; [argument] → intrincado, enrevesado
2. (= crafty) [means] → dudoso, artero; [person] → taimado

devious

[ˈdiːviəs] adj
[person] → sournois(e), fourbe
[mind] → tortueux/euse
[route] → détourné(e); [means] → détourné(e)

devious

adj
(= deceitful, sly) personverschlagen, hinterhältig; means, methodhinterhältig, krumm (inf); business, plan, game, attempttrickreich; by devious meansauf die krumme Tour (inf); to have a devious mind (= be cunning)ganz schön schlau sein; his/her devious mindseine/ihre verschlungenen Gehirnwindungen
(= tortuous) route, waygewunden; by a devious routeauf einem Umweg

devious

[ˈdiːvɪəs] adj (person, means, methods, mind) → subdolo/a; (path, argument) → tortuoso/a

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

devious

a. desviado-a; descaminado-a; extraviado-a.
References in classic literature ?
In all the devious tracings the course of a sailing-ship leaves upon the white paper of a chart she is always aiming for that one little spot - maybe a small island in the ocean, a single headland upon the long coast of a continent, a lighthouse on a bluff, or simply the peaked form of a mountain like an ant-heap afloat upon the waters.
The difficulty of tactical maneuvering consists in turning the devious into the direct, and misfortune into gain.
They lead through poverty and pain, devious and unsure, as of one staggering beneath a burden -
It dragged her at my heels even now, and when we had got halfway round--a devious, tiresome process, on ground much broken and by a path choked with overgrowth-- I paused to give her breath.
So that Monsoons, Pampas, Nor-Westers, Harmattans, Trades; any wind but the Levanter and Simoom, might blow Moby Dick into the devious zig-zag world-circle of the Pequod's circumnavigating wake.
I cared not to conjecture by what devious ways God had brought her to my side.
The whole country was then a wilderness, and it was necessary to transport the bag gage of the troops by means of the rivers—a devious but practicable route.
Sometimes their devious path approached the margin of cliffs below which the river foamed, and boiled, and whirled among the masses of rock that had fallen into its channel.
Meanwhile the travellers continued to press on their journey with a dispatch which argued the extremity of the Jew's fears, since persons at his age are seldom fond of rapid motion, The Palmer, to whom every path and outlet in the wood appeared to be familiar, led the way through the most devious paths, and more than once excited anew the suspicion of the Israelite, that he intended to betray him into some ambuscade of his enemies.
The Snake River here wound its devious way between low banks through the great plain of the Three Butes; and was bordered by wide and fertile meadows.
He worked always to the north, though his way was devious, and it was from the north that he seemed most to apprehend that for which he was looking.
One travels through life," he answered, "by devious paths, and a little wandering in the flower-gardens by the way is the lot of every one.