AskDefine | Define devious

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devious adj
1 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" [syn: oblique]
2 characterized by insincerity or deceit; evasive; "a devious character"; "shifty eyes" [syn: shifty]
3 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" [syn: circuitous, roundabout]

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Adjective

  1. Deviating; not straightforward, not honest, not frank; not standard.

Translations

Deviating; not straightforward, not honest, not frank; not standard

Synonyms, Antonyms and Related Words

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