English [ edit ]
Etymology [ edit ]
1590s, "out of the common or direct way," from
Latin devius ( “ out of the way, remote, off the main road ” ), from , from de via de ( “ off ” ) (see ) + de- via ( “ way, road ” ). Compare . Originally in the Latin literal sense; the figurative sense of " deviate deceitful" is first recorded 1630s. Related to , deviously . Figurative senses of the Latin word were " deviousness retired, sequestered, wandering in the byways, foolish, inconsistent."
Pronunciation [ edit ]
Adjective [ edit ]
devious ( comparative , more devious superlative ) most devious
Cunning or deceiving, not straightforward or honest, not frank. Roundabout, circuitous, deviating from the direct or ordinary route.
, 1801 Robert Southey, “ (please specify the page)”, in , volumes Thalaba the Destroyer (please specify |volume=I or II), London: [ … ] [F ]or T and O [homas ] N [orton ] Longman [wen ] Rees, [ … ] , by Biggs and Cottle, [ … ] , : →OCLC The wandering Arab never sets his tent Within her walls; the Shepherd eyes afar Her evil towers, and devious drives his flock.
, Frederick Marryat, 1839 The Phantom Ship: Keeping close in to the shore, they discovered, after two hours run, a fresh stream which burst in a cascade from the mountains, and swept its devious course through the jungle, until it poured its tribute into the waters of the Strait.
1851 November 14, Herman Melville, “Epilogue”, in , 1st American edition, New York, N.Y.: Moby-Dick; or, The Whale Harper & Brothers; London: Richard Bentley, : →OCLC On the second day, a sail drew near, nearer, and picked me up at last. It was the devious-cruising Rachel, that in her retracing search after her missing children, only found another orphan.
Translations [ edit ]
cunning or deceiving, not straightforward
нече́стен (bg) ( nečésten ), неи́скрен (bg) ( neískren ) Dutch:
heimelijk , (nl) onoprecht , (nl) kronkelend (nl) Finnish:
kiero , (fi) katala , (fi) petollinen (fi) French:
rusé , (fr) roublard (fr) , m sournois (fr) m German:
heimtückisch , (de) hinterrücks , (de) unaufrichtig , (de) verschlagen , (de) durchtrieben , (de) hinterhältig , (de) doppelzüngig , (de) link (de) Russian:
кова́рный (ru) ( kovárnyj ), нече́стный (ru) ( nečéstnyj ), неи́скренний (ru) ( neískrennij ), хи́трый (ru) ( xítryj ) Spanish:
artero , (es) taimado , (es) engañoso (es) Turkish:
sinsi (tr) Ukrainian: хитрий m ( xytryj ), підступний m ( pidstupnyj )
roundabout, circuitous, deviating
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