Definition of "devious" []

  • Not straightforward; shifty: a devious character. (adjective)
  • Departing from the correct or accepted way; erring: achieved success by devious means. (adjective)
  • Deviating from the straight or direct course; roundabout: a devious route. (adjective)
  • Away from a main road or course; distant or removed. (adjective)
  • Not sincere or candid; deceitful; underhand (adjective)

American Heritage(R) Dictionary of the English Language, Fifth Edition. Copyright (c) 2011 by Houghton Mifflin Harcourt Publishing Company. Published by Houghton Mifflin Harcourt Publishing Company. All rights reserved.

  • (of a route or course of action) rambling; indirect; roundabout (adjective)
  • Going astray from a proper or accepted way; erring (adjective) (c) HarperCollins Publishers Ltd 2016

Use "devious" in a sentence
  • "Ever since then, the word devious had a powerful memory association, which she now attached to Alan Daniels."
  • "Boo Hoo, I preach hate and racism and now I think other people used it in 'devious' fashion. gimme a break. goodtimepolitics"
  • "Moreover, corporations have powerful “think tanks” that work to influence public opinion in devious ways, such as creating the image of “unbiased research” by a panel of well-paid scientific charlatans – most insidiously used to discredit global warming for the past decade."