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devious

adjective uk   /ˈdiː.vi.əs/ us  

devious adjective (DISHONEST)

describes people or plans and methods that are dishonest, often in a complicated way, but often also clever and successful: You have to be devious if you're going to succeed in business. a devious scheme

devious adjective (NOT DIRECT)

not direct: He took a rather devious route which avoids the city centre.
deviously
adverb uk   /-li/ us  
deviousness
noun [U] uk   /-nəs/ us  
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