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Meaning of “devious” in the English Dictionary

"devious" in British English

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deviousadjective

uk   us   /ˈdiː.vi.əs/
deviously
adverb uk   us   /-li/
deviousness
noun [U] uk   us   /-nəs/
(Definition of devious from the Cambridge Advanced Learner’s Dictionary & Thesaurus © Cambridge University Press)

"devious" in American English

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deviousadjective

 us   /ˈdi·vi·əs/
using ​indirectways to get what you ​want, esp. without ​showingyourrealpurpose: devious ​methods Devious also ​meansindirect: They went by a devious ​route.
(Definition of devious from the Cambridge Academic Content Dictionary © Cambridge University Press)

"devious" in Business English

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deviousadjective

uk   us   /ˈdiːviəs/ disapproving
using ​indirect ways to get what you want, especially without showing your ​realpurpose: Officials called the ​company 'devious and ​underhand'.
deviously
adverb
Management seems to have ​acted deviously and without ​regard for the ​interests of policyholders.
(Definition of devious from the Cambridge Business English Dictionary © Cambridge University Press)
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