Devious vs Fraudulent - What's the difference?

devious | fraudulent |

As adjectives the difference between devious and fraudulent

is that devious is deviating; not straightforward or honest, not frank; not standard while fraudulent is dishonest; based on fraud or deception.




(en adjective)
  • Deviating; not straightforward or honest, not frank; not standard.
  • * 1839 , Frederick Marryat, The Phantom Ship
  • Keeping close in to the shore, they discovered, after two hours run, a fresh stream which burst in a cascade from the mountains, and swept its devious course through the jungle, until it poured its tribute into the waters of the Strait.




    (en adjective)
  • dishonest; based on fraud or deception
  • false; phony
  • He tried to pass a fraudulent check.

    Usage notes

    * Nouns to which "fraudulent" is often applied: claim, practice, transfer, scheme, transaction, document, intent, misrepresentation, act, action, mortgage, check, conveyance, accounting, bankruptcy, reporting, etc.


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    Derived terms

    * fraudulently