a. departing from correct or accepted way; misleading; not straightforward
The story of Byzantine art, though not precisely devious, is not straightforward either.
Sentence in Classic:
He would follow a devious course up and down the streets, circling always nearer and nearer in a tremor of fear and joy, until his feet led him suddenly round a dark corner.
A Portrait of the Artist as a Young Man By James Joyce Context
In a dreadful state of doubt and uncertainty, the agonised young woman staggered to the gate, and then, exchanging her faltering walk for a swift run, returned by the most devious and complicated route she could think of, to the domicile of the Jew.
Oliver Twist By Charles Dickens Context
The Palmer, to whom every path and outlet in the wood appeared to be familiar, led the way through the most devious paths, and more than once excited anew the suspicion of the Israelite, that he intended to betray him into some ambuscade of his enemies.