Meaning of “devious” in the English Dictionary

"devious" in British English

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deviousadjective

uk /ˈdiː.vi.əs/ us /ˈdiː.vi.əs/

devious adjective (DISHONEST)

Devious people or plans and methods 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
deviously
adverb uk /ˈdiː.vi.əs.li/ us /ˈdiː.vi.əs.li/
deviousness
noun [ U ] uk /ˈdiː.vi.əs.nəs/ us /ˈdiː.vi.əs.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 indirect ways to get what you want, esp. without showing your real purpose:

devious methods

Devious also means indirect:

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 /ˈdiːviəs/ us disapproving

using indirect ways to get what you want, especially without showing your real purpose:

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)