Usage examples for deviousness

  1. He had been living with Malays so long and so close that the extreme deliberation and deviousness of their mental proceedings had ceased to irritate him much. – An Outcast of the Islands by Joseph Conrad
  2. They operated with a deviousness that made cartel treacheries seem like child's play. – The Cartels Jungle by Irving E. Cox, Jr.
  3. And if there was only just time for Rosey to prepare to take the boat, it was due to the deviousness of the way. – Frontier Stories by Bret Harte
  4. The deviousness, the wayward passion, even the sempiternal abuses of the land were already beginning to take the aspect of something like quaint impotence. – Romance by Joseph Conrad and F.M. Hueffer
  5. A little deviousness, and the thing was done. – Christopher and Columbus by Countess Elizabeth Von Arnim
  6. I had meant to approach the matter with a diplomatic deviousness. – The King's Mirror by Anthony Hope
  7. Much of the deviousness of playing underground politics disgusted him, and yet he knew he would have regarded it only as an amusing game for high stakes before his change of heart. – The Law of Hemlock Mountain by Hugh Lundsford
  8. But now the American was to be taught discrimination, to learn that if Stryker's nature was like a snake's for low cunning and deviousness, Hobbs' soul was the soul of a viper. – The Black Bag by Louis Joseph Vance
  9. The embarrassment of any truth is apt to be in its eternal abruptness, which no deviousness of tact or circumlocution of diplomacy has ever yet surmounted. – Susy, A Story of the Plains by Bret Harte