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devious
used in Song of Solomon by Toni Morrison

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Definition
deceitful (not honest and straightforward) — often in a complicated, clever manner
  • Ruth was a pale but complicated woman given to deviousness and ultra-fine manners.
    Chapter 3 (60% in)
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.)
  • Devious, jealous, traitorous, and evil.
    Chapter 11 (65% in)

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