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Date: 1500-1600
Language: Latin
Origin: devius, from via 'way'

devious

adjective
     
de‧vi‧ous
1 using dishonest tricks and deceiving people in order to get what you want [↪ deceitful]:
a devious politician
2 formal not going in the most direct way to get to a place:
a devious route
deviously adverb
deviousness noun [uncountable]

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