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devious

Definitions

  • WordNet 3.6
    • adj 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"
    • adj 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"
    • adj devious characterized by insincerity or deceit; evasive "a devious character","shifty eyes"
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Webster's Revised Unabridged Dictionary
    • Devious Going out of the right or common course; going astray; erring; wandering; as, a devious step.
    • Devious Out of a straight line; winding; varying from directness; as, a devious path or way.
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Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia
    • devious Out of the direct or common way or track; circuitous; rambling: as, a devious course.
    • devious Moving on or pursuing a winding or confused course.
    • devious Erring; going astray from rectitude or the divine precepts.
    • devious Synonyms Circuitous, roundabout, tortuous, indirect, erratic, roving, rambling, straying. See irregular.
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Chambers's Twentieth Century Dictionary
    • adj Devious dē′vi-us from or out of the way: roundabout: erring
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Quotations

  • Joseph Campbell
    Joseph Campbell
    “Perhaps some of us have to go through dark and devious ways before we can find the river of peace or highroad to the soul's destination.”

Etymology

Webster's Revised Unabridged Dictionary
L. devius,; de, + via, way. See Viaduct
Chambers's Twentieth Century Dictionary
L. devius. See Deviate.

Usage

In literature:

The voice of the tempter spoke to me in devious ways, and I listened.
"The Scarlet Feather" by Houghton Townley
We found the attendant waiting, and by a devious route along many passages and through many doors we reached our destination at last.
"The Master Mummer" by E. Phillips Oppenheim
She was so fond of following the devious course of the opposing parties.
"A Modern Cinderella" by Amanda M. Douglas
Through such devious ways did it come to pass that the mountaineer entered a world of which he had never even dreamed.
"Heart of the Blue Ridge" by Waldron Baily
Either he was a better man than he seemed at first glance, or he was much more devious.
"The Saracen: Land of the Infidel" by Robert Shea
She had no desire for speculation or for the devious ways of trade.
"Jennie Gerhardt" by Theodore Dreiser
Thy path through life has been blood-stained and devious.
"Wilson's Tales of the Borders and of Scotland, Volume VI" by Various
The consumer has to work with the same tension, to find the devious ways which lead to a profitable result in his business.
"Bremen Cotton Exchange" by Andreas Wilhelm Cramer
Perplexed by his devious ramble, he was more at fault than ever.
"Chronicles of Border Warfare" by Alexander Scott Withers
The ways of the East are devious.
"Lotus Buds" by Amy Carmichael
Winterslea, with keen perception, led the way like a bloodhound, skirting lighted houses and following devious inland paths.
"Wild Justice: Stories of the South Seas" by Lloyd Osbourne
They were the conies' castles, ready refuges from enemies, their devious passages as effective as drawbridge or portcullis.
"A Mountain Boyhood" by Joe Mills
After many narrow passages and devious turns, we struck the Royal Avenue, a long, long way from our starting place.
"Ireland as It Is" by Robert John Buckley (AKA R.J.B.)
And to that devious course the Government had already been driven.
"Astounding Stories of Super-Science, October, 1930" by Various
The big man's eyes had a sunny and devious smile.
"The Fifth Queen" by Ford Madox Ford
It was flowing by a very devious course northwest toward the Ohio.
"Under the Maples" by John Burroughs
But we have pursued far enough this study of an artist's progress through the thorny, devious ways of art criticism.
"Frederic Lord Leighton" by Ernest Rhys
He made his way to the hotel by a devious course, and on arriving went up to his room.
"Mark Mason's Victory" by Horatio Alger
We went down accordingly into the waste, and began to make our toilsome and devious travel towards the eastern verge.
"The Works of Robert Louis Stevenson - Swanston Edition Vol. 10 (of 25)" by Robert Louis Stevenson
So to avoid frequent fordings they followed the high ground, going devious, confusing miles.
"The Crimson Gardenia and Other Tales of Adventure" by Rex Beach
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In poetry:

O Father of long-suffering grace,
Thou who hast sworn to stay
Pleading with sinners face to face
Through all their devious way:
"Eighteenth Sunday After Trinity" by John Keble
Thy will be done! In devious way
The hurrying stream of life may run;
Yet still our grateful hearts shall say,
Thy will be done!
"God's Will be Done" by John Bowring
Or following its devious course
Up many a weary winding mile,
Had tracked the long, mysterious Nile
Even to its now no-fabled source:
"The Meetings Of The Flowers" by Denis Florence MacCarthy
At morn, with tender smile and word
Ye cheered us on our devious way,
At eve, we marked, with terror stirred,
A silent form of rigid clay.
"Sudden Death" by Lydia Howard Huntley Sigourney
Or one, perchance, with clouded brain
From some unholy banquet reeled,--
And since, our devious steps maintain
His track across the trodden field.
"The Crooked Footpath" by Oliver Wendell Holmes
No music warbles through the grove,
No vivid colours paint the plain;
No more with devious steps I rove
Through verdant paths, now sought in vain.
"Winter" by Samuel Johnson

In news:

" Devious Maids" Gets a Second Shot at Primetime.
Judy Reyes, Roselyn Sanchez, Dania Ramirez and Ana Ortiz on Devious Maids set.
Devious international scam targeting US businesses.
Like any good arcade puzzler, Super Hexagon 's overlying simplicity masks a deceptively devious core.
Obama's Devious Plot to Take Away Your Guns.
"Thank you sooo much, we've been waiting all week to get our Applebee's fix—we just love it here," my lady friend said as she looked back at me with a devious grin.
When curry conquered the world, it traveled by devious routes.
However, little did I know that he was such a devious genius.
It's those "effete" types who have most relentlessly persecuted poor Palin—including that devious shill for the liberal elite, Katie Couric.
This competition, for $1,000 cash, pits Detroit rappers against Chicago rappers and is expected to include rappers Bizarre and Devious.
The new VEKTR looks crazy and sounds great and is just the first step in a devious plan to turn all of us into audiophiles.
Judy Reyes on 'Devious Maids' Not Getting Picked Up - "We Were Bummed".
Of course, resourceful shoplifters will easily think of ways of using bags to their advantage, but one thing the NHK special emphasized, at least with regard to older shoplifters, is that they aren't always devious.
Once upon a time, a vile and devious Queen sought power over the kingdom by murdering an innocent and kind-hearted princess.
In classic Stephen King tradition, this audiobook reminds the listener that even something as ordinary as a stationary bike can have a devious nature to it.
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In science:

The Crocodile’s Dilemma is an ancient paradox that is a deviously cute self-referential paradox. A crocodile steals a child and the mother of the child begs for the return of her beloved baby.
A Universal Approach to Self-Referential Paradoxes, Incompleteness and Fixed Points
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