Synonyms of devious
1 slyDictionary • She tracked down the other woman by devious means.
sly • She is devious, sly and manipulative.
scheming • a cold, scheming villain
calculating • He is a cool, calculating and clever criminal.
tricky • They could encounter some tricky political manoeuvring.
crooked (informal) • She might expose his crooked business deals to the authorities.
dishonest • He had become rich by dishonest means.
wily • He is an experienced and wily old statesman.
insidious • They focus on overt racism rather than insidious aspects of racism.
evasive • He was evasive about the circumstances of their first meeting.
deceitful • The ambassador called the report deceitful and misleading.
underhand • The Prime Minister had been involved in underhand financial deals.
insincere • He found himself surrounded by insincere flattery.
surreptitious • They had several surreptitious conversations.
double-dealing • Slimy, double-dealing politicians have betrayed us all.
2 indirectDictionary • He followed a devious route.
indirect • The goods went by a rather indirect route.
roundabout • a roundabout route
crooked • the crooked line of his broken nose
rambling • He wrote a rambling letter to his wife.
tortuous • long and tortuous negotiations
circuitous • They were taken on a circuitous route home.
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calculatingIf you describe someone as calculating, you disapprove of the fact that they deliberately plan to get what they want, often by hurting or harming other people.
• He is a cool, calculating and clever criminal.
• They were taken on a circuitous route home.
crooked (informal)If you describe a person or an activity as crooked, you mean that they are dishonest or criminal.
• She might expose his crooked business deals to the authorities.
Thesaurus for devious from the Collins English Thesaurus