Roget's 21st Century Thesaurus, Third Edition Copyright © 2013 by the Philip Lief Group.


Defeated in that, his enemies resorted to a more devious method; they began to lop away his friends.

I wouldn't want you to think that Psi's are more devious or Machiavellian than normals, but sometimes they act it.

Indeed the professionally downright man is often more devious than the tactful person.

Moved by projects deeper and more devious than ours, the Dutchman made haste to cover up what seemed to have been an overshot.

But fifteen miles would do it, if the more devious path had to be taken.

Such subtlety as he possessed had been acquired through contact with the more devious races.

The original road, too, adopted in imperial times a more devious but easier route by Aeclanum instead of by Trevicum.


1590s, "out of the way," from Latin devius "out of the way, remote, off the main road," from de via (see deviate). Originally in the Latin literal sense; figurative sense of "deceitful" is first recorded 1630s. Related: Deviously; deviousness. Figurative senses of the Latin word were "retired, sequestered, wandering in the byways, foolish, inconsistent."