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  2  definitions  found 
 
  From  Webster's  Revised  Unabridged  Dictionary  (1913)  [web1913]: 
 
  Devious  \De"vi*ous\,  a.  [L.  devius;  de  +  via  way  See 
  {Viaduct}.] 
  1.  Out  of  a  straight  line  winding;  varying  from  directness; 
  as  a  devious  path  or  way 
 
  2.  Going  out  of  the  right  or  common  course;  going  astray; 
  erring;  wandering;  as  a  devious  step. 
 
  Syn:  Wandering;  roving;  rambling;  vagrant.  --  {De"vi*ous*ly}, 
  adv  --  {De"vi*ous*ness},  n. 
 
  From  WordNet  r  1.6  [wn]: 
 
  devious 
  adj  1:  departing  from  the  accepted  or  proper  way  misleading;  "used 
  devious  means  to  achieve  success";  "gave  oblique 
  answers  to  direct  questions";  "oblique  political 
  maneuvers"  [syn:  {oblique}] 
  2:  characterized  by  insincerity  or  deceit;  evasive;  "a  devious 
  character";  "shifty  eyes"  [syn:  {shifty}] 
  3:  deviating  from  a  straight  course;  "a  scenic  but  devious 
  route";  "a  long  and  circuitous  journey  by  train  and  boat"; 
  "a  roundabout  route  avoided  rush-hour  traffic"  [syn:  {circuitous}, 
  {roundabout}] 




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