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devious

From Longman Dictionary of Contemporary Englishdeviousde‧vi‧ous /ˈdiːviəs/ ●○○ adjective  1 DISHONESTusing dishonest tricks and deceiving people in order to get what you wantdeceitful a devious politiciansee thesaurus at dishonest2 formalSTRAIGHT# not going in the most direct way to get to a place syn circuitous a devious routedeviously adverbdeviousness noun [uncountable]
Examples from the Corpus
deviousHis relationship with the universe becomes more subtle and devious.Or was it as devious as that?He was raucous, sentimental, hot. tempered, practical, simple, devious, big, and powerful.He might be devious, but he was not without principles.Their method of collecting money was devious, but not illegal.In the film, he plays a devious defence lawyer named Richard Adler.Opportunism is a devious kind of self-interested behaviour.She says we have devious minds!You have to be pretty devious to be successful in that sort of business.He infuriated his allies with his arbitrary decisions and devious ways.
From Longman Business Dictionarydeviousde‧vi‧ous /ˈdiːviəs/ adjective using dishonest tricks and deceiving people to get what you wantHe’s an honest businessman, not the devious executive the government says he is.deviously adverbdeviousness noun [uncountable]the deviousness of some of the advertising aimed at children
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