Thoughts, Ideas, and Concepts by Sandra Parks

Word of The Day

Here is your word of the day.  Enjoy and learn.

 

devious

PRONUNCIATION:

(DEE-vee-uhs)

MEANING:

adjective:
1. Departing from the straight or the usual way.
2. Sneaky; underhanded.

ETYMOLOGY:

From Latin devius (out of the way), from de- (out of) + via (way). Ultimately from the Indo-European root wegh- (to go or to transport in a vehicle) that resulted in words such as deviate, way, weight, wagon, vogue, vehicle, vector, envoy, and trivial.

USAGE:

“Life has a devious way of hiding the edge of the cliff.”
Ed Stephens Jr.; Sun! Sand! Co-payments! Saipan Tribune (North Mariana Islands); Aug 28, 2009.

“With John Jowett, he’s laid bare British politicians’ and lobbyists’ devious, sneaky, Machiavellian manoeuvrings in a comedy that may leave audiences wondering if this kind of farce goes on closer to home.”

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