crooked

crooked, devious, oblique mean not straight or straightforward.
Crooked may imply the presence of material curves, turns, or bends
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a crooked back

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a crooked road

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the crooked trunk of a tree

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In its frequent extended use it applies especially to practices (as fraud, cheating, or graft) involving marked departures from rectitude
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crooked dealings

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a crooked politician

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crooked policies

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they are a perverse and crooked generation— Deut 32:5

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Devious implies departure from a direct, appointed, regular, or fixed course and hence suggests wandering or errancy and, often, circuitousness
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we sought with relief the empty roads of the fens, and, by devious routes, wound our way between golden buttercups and brown cattle— Lucas

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he went by devious ways, a little proud of himself for knowing the shortcuts, through a building used as a thoroughfare from one street to another, through what had once been the churchyard of an ancient church— Archibald Marshall

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The term as applied to persons and their acts or practices usually implies unreliability and often trickiness or shiftiness
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the devious policies of the adminis- tration

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he had been a devious rascal— Bennett

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the marks of the thoroughbred were simply not there. The man was blatant, crude, overly confidential, deviousMencken

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Oblique implies a departure from the perpendicular or horizontal direction, or a slanting course
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an oblique tower

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an oblique sunbeam

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and in extended use suggests indirection or lack of perfect straightforwardness
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an oblique glance

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all censure of a man's self is oblique praise— Johnson

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their rebellion was an act of oblique homage— Collet

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people . . . who think that . . . the Japanese people are maddeningly obliqueFaubion Bowers

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Analogous words: *awry, askew: twisted, bended or bent (see corresponding verbs at CURVE): distorted, contorted, deformed, warped (see DEFORM): tortuous, *winding: corrupt, nefarious, iniquitous, *vicious: stealthy, furtive, underhand (see SECRET)
Antonyms: straight
Contrasted words: *straightforward, aboveboard, forthright: *upright, honest, scrupulous, conscientious, honor-able, just

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