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Adjectives (10)
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devious, byzantine
adj. characterized by elaborate scheming and intrigue; devious; "Byzantine methods for holding on to his chairmanship"; "a fine hand for Byzantine deals and cozy arrangements"
shifty, devious
adj. characterized by insincerity or deceit; evasive; "a devious character"; "shifty eyes"
calculating, scheming, devious
adj. used of persons; "the most calculating and selfish men in the community"
roundabout, circuitous, devious
adj. deviating from a straight course; "a scenic but devious route"; "a long and circuitous journey by train and boat"; "a roundabout route avoided rush-hour traffic"
Fuzzynyms (72)
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Machiavellian
adj. of or relating to Machiavelli or the principles of conduct he recommended; "Machiavellian thinking"
clever, canny, cagy, cagey
adj. showing self-interest and shrewdness in dealing with others; "a cagey lawyer"; "too clever to be sound"
tricksy, wily, tricky, sly, slick, knavish, guileful, foxy, dodgy, cunning, crafty
adj. marked by skill in deception; "cunning men often pass for wise"; "deep political machinations"; "a foxy scheme"; "a slick evasive answer"; "sly as a fox"; "tricky Dick"; "a wily old attorney"
underhanded, underhand, sneaky
adj. marked by deception; "achieved success in business only by underhand methods"
calculating, scheming, devious
adj. used of persons; "the most calculating and selfish men in the community"
scheming, designing
adj. concealing crafty designs for advancing your own interest; "a selfish and designing nation obsessed with the dark schemes of European intrigue"- W.Churchill; "a scheming wife"; "a scheming gold digger"
tricksy, wily, tricky, sly, slick, knavish, guileful, foxy, dodgy, cunning, crafty
adj. marked by skill in deception; "cunning men often pass for wise"; "deep political machinations"; "a foxy scheme"; "a slick evasive answer"; "sly as a fox"; "tricky Dick"; "a wily old attorney"
hypocritical
adj. professing feelings or virtues one does not have; "hypocritical praise"
corrupt, crooked
adj. not straight; dishonest or immoral or evasive
dishonorable, dishonest
adj. deceptive or fraudulent; disposed to cheat or defraud or deceive
underhanded, underhand, sneaky
adj. marked by deception; "achieved success in business only by underhand methods"
shifty, devious
adj. characterized by insincerity or deceit; evasive; "a devious character"; "shifty eyes"
treacherous, perfidious
adj. tending to betray; especially having a treacherous character as attributed to the Carthaginians by the Romans; "Punic faith"; "the perfidious Judas"; "the fiercest and most treacherous of foes"; "treacherous intrigues"
immoral, base
adj. not adhering to ethical or moral principles; "base and unpatriotic motives"; "a base, degrading way of life"; "cheating is dishonorable"; "they considered colonialism immoral"; "unethical practices in handling public funds"
tortuous
adj. not straightforward; "his tortuous reasoning"
rambling, excursive, discursive, digressive
adj. (of e.g. speech and writing) tending to depart from the main point or cover a wide range of subjects; "amusingly digressive with satirical thrusts at women's fashions among other things"; "a rambling discursive book"; "his excursive remarks"; "a rambling speech about this and that"
mazy, labyrinthian, labyrinthine
adj. resembling a labyrinth in form or complexity; "a labyrinthine network of tortuous footpaths"
voluminous, winding, twisty, twisting, tortuous
adj. marked by repeated turns and bends; "a tortuous road up the mountain"; "winding roads are full of surprises"; "had to steer the car down a twisty track"
intricate
adj. having many complexly arranged elements; elaborate; "intricate lacework"
circular, round
adj. having a circular shape
Synonyms (39)
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ingenious, cunning, clever
adj. showing inventiveness and skill; "a clever gadget"; "the cunning maneuvers leading to his success"; "an ingenious solution to the problem"
tricksy, wily, tricky, sly, slick, knavish, guileful, foxy, dodgy, cunning, crafty
adj. marked by skill in deception; "cunning men often pass for wise"; "deep political machinations"; "a foxy scheme"; "a slick evasive answer"; "sly as a fox"; "tricky Dick"; "a wily old attorney"
precious, cute
adj. obviously contrived to charm; "an insufferably precious performance"; "a child with intolerably cute mannerisms"
scheming, designing
adj. concealing crafty designs for advancing your own interest; "a selfish and designing nation obsessed with the dark schemes of European intrigue"- W.Churchill; "a scheming wife"; "a scheming gold digger"
manipulative
adj. skillful in influencing or controlling others to your own advantage; "the early manipulative techniques of a three-year-old child"
faithless, false
adj. (untrustworthy)
fly-by-night, shady
adj. (of businesses and businessmen) unscrupulous; "a shady operation"
tricky, slippery
adj. not to be trusted; "how extraordinarily slippery a liar the camera is"- James Agee
undependable, unreliable
adj. not to be trusted
twisted, perverted, misrepresented, distorted
adj. having an intended meaning altered or misrepresented; "many of the facts seemed twisted out of any semblance to reality"; "a perverted translation of the poem"
sidelong
adj. inclining or directed to one side; "moved downward in a sidelong way" - Bram Stoker
crabwise, sideways
adj. (of movement) at an angle
diversionary
adj. (of tactics e.g.) likely or designed to confuse or deceive
wandering, meandering, winding, rambling
adj. of a path e.g.; "meandering streams"; "rambling forest paths"; "the river followed its wandering course"; "a winding country road"
Antonyms (1)
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direct
adj. moving from west to east on the celestial sphere; or--for planets--around the sun in the same direction as the Earth
devious
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