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Definition 1: deviating from a straight course - [adjective satellite denoting all]

Samples where devious or its synonyms are used according to this definition

  • a scenic but devious route
  • a long and circuitous journey by train and boat
  • a roundabout route avoided rush-hour traffic

Synonyms for devious in the sense of this definition

(devious is similar to ...) not direct in spatial dimension; not leading by a straight line or course to a destination

"sometimes taking an indirect path saves time" "you must take an indirect course in sailing"

Definition 2: indirect in departing from the accepted or proper way; misleading - [adjective satellite denoting all]

Samples where devious or its synonyms are used according to this definition

  • used devious means to achieve success
  • gave oblique answers to direct questions
  • oblique political maneuvers

Synonyms for devious in the sense of this definition

(devious is similar to ...) extended senses; not direct in manner or language or behavior or action

"making indirect but legitimate inquiries" "an indirect insult" "doubtless they had some indirect purpose in mind" "though his methods are indirect they are not dishonest" "known as a shady indirect fellow"

Definition 3: characterized by insincerity or deceit; evasive - [adjective satellite denoting all]

Samples where devious or its synonyms are used according to this definition

  • a devious character
  • shifty eyes

Synonyms for devious in the sense of this definition

(devious is similar to ...) not worthy of trust or belief

"an untrustworthy person"

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