Etymology
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devious (adj.)

1590s, "out of the common or direct way," from Latin devius "out of the way, remote, off the main road," from de via; from de "off" (see de-) + via "way, road" (see via). Compare deviate. Originally in the Latin literal sense; the figurative sense of "deceitful" is first recorded 1630s. Related: Deviously; deviousness. Figurative senses of the Latin word were "retired, sequestered, wandering in the byways, foolish, inconsistent."

updated on August 08, 2018

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Definitions of devious from WordNet

devious (adj.)
indirect in departing from the accepted or proper way; misleading;
used devious means to achieve success
Synonyms: oblique
devious (adj.)
characterized by insincerity or deceit; evasive;
a devious character
Synonyms: shifty
devious (adj.)
deviating from a straight course;
a scenic but devious route
Synonyms: circuitous / roundabout
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