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devious - Dictionary definition and meaning for word devious

(adj) indirect in departing from the accepted or proper way; misleading
Synonyms : oblique
Example Sentence
  • used devious means to achieve success
  • gave oblique answers to direct questions
  • oblique political maneuvers

(adj) characterized by insincerity or deceit; evasive
Synonyms : shifty
Example Sentence
  • a devious character
  • shifty eyes

(adj) deviating from a straight course
Synonyms : circuitous , roundabout
Example Sentence
  • a scenic but devious route
  • a long and circuitous journey by train and boat
  • a roundabout route avoided rush-hour traffic

Mnemonics (Memory Aids) for devious

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by userdce

DEVIOUS -- like DEVIATE....When you DEVIATE from the straight path, you go wandering ROUND and ABOUT.
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by bungi

Devious has devi as in devil in it and devils are devious, shifty,mean.
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by mnemondemon

DEVIOUS also mean CUNNING.....a person who deviate our mind and then does tricks is a devious person i.e cunning,rambling..
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by nileshdive

devious(devi+o+U.S) Devi on U.S. made round about flight to india
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by keshavpalpali

dev+i+o+u+s (your thanking god) dev i owe you something for making me tricky, oblique, shifty, etc all the synonyms of devious..lol
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by syedbilalnadeem

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