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Definition deceitful (not honest and straightforward) — often in a complicated, clever manner

Much more rarely, devious can mean indirect (often circuitous) as in:  "We took a scenic but devious route."
  • It is a devious plan.
devious = deceitful and clever
  • She is devious and will do anything to win.
  • devious = deceitful and clever
  • She is a devious opponent.
  • devious = deceitful and clever
  • He is a devious, dangerous man.
    Pam Munoz Ryan  --  Esperanza Rising
  • devious = deceitful (not honest and straightforward)
  • True Grail academics agreed that Rosslyn was a decoy—one of the devious dead ends the Priory crafted so convincingly.
    Dan Brown  --  The Da Vinci Code
  • devious = intentionally misleading
  • The computer-controlled enemy was devious and powerful, and whenever Ender tried a tactic he found the computer using it against him within minutes.
    Orson Scott Card  --  Ender's Game
  • devious = harmfully clever
  • Some part of me has planned this, a devious internal compass pointed to the past.
    Laurie Halse Anderson  --  Speak
  • devious = deceitful (not honest and straightforward)
  • By a devious track between the fields they wound back to the Starkfield road.
    Edith Wharton  --  Ethan Frome
  • devious = indirect
  • By damn, man, if there is one human being in the world less devious than Robert Lee, I aint yet met him.
    Michael Shaara  --  The Killer Angels
  • devious = tricky (deceitful in a complicated, clever manner)
  • We went down accordingly into the waste, and began to make our toilsome and devious travel towards the eastern verge.
    Robert Louis Stevenson  --  Kidnapped
  • devious = not straightforward, indirect, or circuitous
  • all sorts of devious methods are used to prevent Negroes from becoming registered voters,
    Martin Luther King, Jr.  --  Letter from a Birmingham Jail
  • devious = deceitful (and possibly clever and complicated)
  • Ruth was a pale but complicated woman given to deviousness and ultra-fine manners.
    Toni Morrison  --  Song of Solomon
  • deviousness = deceit (not honest and straightforward) — often in a complicated, clever manner
    (Editor's note:  The suffix "-ness" converts an adjective to a noun that means the quality of. This is the same pattern you see in words like darkness, kindness, and coolness.)
  • I call Patricia Lopez when I get back to my office and ask if she'll go in with me on my devious little plan.
    Steve Lopez  --  The Soloist
  • devious = deceitful (not honest and straightforward) — often in a complicated, clever manner
  • Unfortunately her brain was devious.
    Toni Morrison  --  Beloved
  • devious = deceitful (not honest and straightforward) — often in a complicated, clever manner
  • It dragged her at my heels even now, and when we had got halfway round—a devious, tiresome process, on ground much broken and by a path choked with overgrowth—I paused to give her breath.
    Henry James  --  The Turn of the Screw
  • devious = not straightforward
  • The keystone was a devious dead end.
    Dan Brown  --  The Da Vinci Code
  • devious = intentionally misleading
  • She made raised maps in clay, so that I could feel the mountain ridges and valleys, and follow with my fingers the devious course of rivers.
    Helen Keller  --  Story of My Life
  • devious = circuitous or indirect
  • Dilsey made no sound, her face did not quiver as the tears took their sunken and devious courses, walking with her head up, making no effort to dry them away even.
    William Faulkner  --  The Sound and the Fury
  • devious = not straight
  • a scenic but devious route
  • Sitting alone, she was now an illustration of the devious ways by which one who feels, rather than reasons, may be led in the pursuit of beauty.
    Theodore Dreiser  --  Sister Carrie

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