CET6+ TEM8 GRE
1. de- "off" + via "way" => devi- "turn aside, off the way" + -ous => devious.
2. => out of the way, remote, off the main road.
- devious:  Devious and its close relative deviate  are both based on the notion of going ‘out of the way’. They come respectively from Latin dēvius and dēviāre, compound adjective and verb formed from the prefix dē- ‘from’ and via ‘way’.
=> deviate, via
- devious (adj.)
- 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."
- 1. He was extremely devious in his efforts to achieve his heart's desire.
- 2. By devious means she tracked down the other woman.
- 3. She is devious and sly and manipulative.
- 4. He had been devious and two-faced.
- 5. He got rich by devious means.
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