- the state or quality of being oblique
- an oblique statement, action, etc.
- a turning aside from moral conduct or sound thinking
- Astron. the angle between the planes of a planet's equator and its orbit about the sun: for the earth (obliquity of the ecliptic) it is currently c. 23° 26.5? and will decrease at the rate of 0.47? a year for c. 1,500 years, at which time it will begin to increase again
- deviation of a line or plane from the perpendicular or parallel
- the degree of this
Origin of obliquityMiddle English obliquitee ; from Classical Latin obliquitas
- a. The quality or condition of being oblique, especially in deviating from a vertical or horizontal line, plane, position, or direction.b. The angle or extent of such a deviation.
- a. Deviation from moral or proper conduct or thought: “Eleanor did not believe that early rising could possibly be compatible with moral obliquity” (Elizabeth Bowen).b. An instance of this.
- Indirection in conduct or verbal expression; lack of straightforwardness: “It may be that the candor of contemporary literature creates a nostalgia for indirection, obliquity and deferral” (Anatole Broyard).
- The quality of being oblique in direction, deviating from the horizontal or vertical; or the angle created by such a deviation. [from 15th c.]
- Mental or moral deviation or perversity; immorality. [from 15th c.]
- The quality of being obscure, oftentimes willfully, sometimes as an exercise in euphemism. [from 17th c.]