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devious

adjective
de·​vi·​ous | \ ˈdē-vē-əs How to pronounce devious (audio) , -vyəs \

Definition of devious

1a : wandering, roundabout a devious path
b : moving without a fixed course : errant devious breezes
2 : out-of-the-way, remote upon devious coasts
3a : deviating from a right, accepted, or common course devious conduct
b : not straightforward : cunning a devious politician also : deceptive a devious trick a devious plot

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Other Words from devious

deviously adverb
deviousness noun

The "Lost" History of Devious

If you think someone devious has lost their way, you're right, etymologically speaking - the word derives from the Latin adjective devius, itself formed from the prefix de- ("from" or "away") and the noun "via" ("way"). When "devious" was first used in the late 16th century, it implied a literal wandering off the "way," suggesting something that meandered or had no fixed course (as in "a devious route" or "devious breezes"). Relatively quickly, however, the word came to suggest someone or something that had metaphorically rather than literally left the "right path" or to deceitful (rather than "straight"-forward) behavior.

Examples of devious in a Sentence

a dishonest and devious politician He took us by a devious route to the center of the city.
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First Known Use of devious

1599, in the meaning defined at sense 2

History and Etymology for devious

Latin devius, from de from + via way — more at de-, way

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The first known use of devious was in 1599

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7 Jan 2021

Cite this Entry

“Devious.” thenetpress.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, http://thenetpress.com/dictionary/devious. Accessed 12 Jan. 2021.

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More Definitions for devious

devious

adjective
How to pronounce devious (audio)

English Language Learners Definition of devious

: willing to lie and trick people in order to get what is wanted
formal : not straight or direct : having many twists and turns

devious

adjective
de·​vi·​ous | \ ˈdē-vē-əs How to pronounce devious (audio) \

Kids Definition of devious

2 : not straight : having many twists and turns a devious trail

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