DEVIOUS in a Sentence

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 Meanings and Examples of DEVIOUS
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 a.  departing from correct or accepted way; misleading; not straightforward
Classic Sentence:
1  By a devious track between the fields they wound back to the Starkfield road.
Ethan Frome By Edith Wharton
Context  Highlight   In IX
2  Vida believed that she had explained many deep and devious matters.
Main Street By Sinclair Lewis
Context  Highlight   In CHAPTER XXXI
3  So that Monsoons, Pampas, Nor'-Westers, Harmattans, Trades; any wind but the Levanter and Simoon, might blow Moby Dick into the devious zig-zag world-circle of the Pequod's circumnavigating wake.
Moby Dick By Herman Melville
Context  Highlight   In CHAPTER 44. The Chart.
4  When the travellers had pushed on at a rapid rate through many devious paths, the Palmer at length broke silence.
Ivanhoe By Walter Scott
Context  Highlight   In CHAPTER VI
5  Yet his purpose was baffled by the devious paths through which he rode, so that when evening closed upon him, he only found himself on the frontiers of the West Riding of Yorkshire.
Ivanhoe By Walter Scott
Context  Highlight   In CHAPTER XVI
6  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  Highlight   In Chapter 3
7  She wanted to be on good terms with them but, while she strove to be polite, her eyes followed Mr. Holohan in his limping and devious courses.
Dubliners By James Joyce
Context  Highlight   In A MOTHER
8  I sought the Continent, and went devious through all its lands.
Jane Eyre By Charlotte Bronte
Context  Highlight   In CHAPTER XXVII
Example Sentence:
1  You have to be a bit devious if you're going to succeed in business.
2  She led him by devious ways to the meeting place.
3  His devious nature was shown in half-lies and small dishonesties.
4  How clever he must be to devise such a devious plan!.
5  The story of Byzantine art, though not precisely devious, is not straightforward either.
6  An international court ruled that Russia owes shareholders of the now-defunct oil giant Yukos more than $50 billion for what it described as the Kremlin's "devious and calculated expropriation" of assets designed to bankrupt the firm.