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Negative ConnotationPlay
Devious implies negative judgment and is used to criticize someone's character or actions. SlideHer colleague's devious manipulation earned her no trust.
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Subtle DeceptionPlay
The word often suggests a hidden intent or cunning that is not immediately obvious. SlideHe had a devious smile that hinted at his hidden agenda.
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Strategic DishonestyPlay
Use 'devious' to describe actions that are cleverly dishonest to achieve a goal. SlideShe made a devious move to overthrow the team leader.