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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.
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Adv.1.deviously - in a devious manner; "he got the promotion by behaving deviously"
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(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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It was a quiet enough spot--the fork of an old wood-road, on the two branches of which, prolonging themselves deviously forward in the dim moonlight, the sergeants were themselves stationed, a few paces in rear of the line.
In yet another example, our noble citizenry in Najran have been exposed to rocket and mortar fire for being guilty of nothing more than fitting the description of what is deviously deemed an easy target.
During post the Pulwama standoff, Indian Navy deviously deployed its submarine against Pakistan.
During post Pulwama standoff, Indian Navy deviously deployed its submarine against Pakistan.
It stated that the Indian Navy had deviously deployed its submarine against Pakistan during post-Pulwama standoff.
'Saraki deviously chose to divert attention from the weighty allegations of financial fraud trailing his eight years stewardship in Kwara and leadership of the Senate.
It's the latest flap over deviously altered "deepfake" videos as Facebook and other social media services struggle to stop the spread of misinformation and "fake news" while also respecting free speech and fending off allegations of censorship.
'He deviously released this black propaganda a week before the presidential elections, almost identical to the time frame of the release of the recent videos of Bikoy before the midterm national elections.
Or at least they were being deviously selective about who they listened to.
Well, that is entirely up to you, If you've lived a decent life and towards others Showed them kindness and respect Then those who knew you will remember you as Someone good and true But, if you've been nasty, deceitful and deviously sly They will want to forget you and you would have given them reason why, So don't live a life of aversion, be good to people you meet And people will reflect and say, knowing you was a treat.
'Indian Navy has deviously deployed its submarines against Pakistan in line with Indian nefarious designs.
Boehringer and the three missionaries who stood against the injustices experienced by the Lumad of Mindanao under his bloody island-wide Martial Law and are now blacklisted and barred from entry to the Philippines, Duterte has used for his selfish interests the deadly combination of iron fist and the legal labyrinth to deviously skirt around people's rights and quell dissent," they added.