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 (ō-blĭk′wĭ-tē, ə-blĭk′-)
n. pl. o·bliq·ui·ties
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.
3. 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).

o·bliq′ui·tous adj.


n, pl -ties
1. the state or condition of being oblique
2. a deviation from the perpendicular or horizontal
3. a moral or mental deviation
4. (Astronomy) astronomy Also called: obliquity of the ecliptic the angle between the plane of the earth's orbit and that of the celestial equator, equal to approximately 23° 27′ at present
oˈbliquitous adj


(əˈblɪk wɪ ti, oʊˈblɪk-)

n., pl. -ties.
1. the state of being oblique.
2. an inclination or a degree of inclination.
3. immorality.
4. intellectual deviousness.
5. deliberate evasiveness in speech or writing.
6. a confusing or obscure statement or passage of writing.
7. the angle between the plane of the earth's orbit and that of the earth's equator, equal to 23°27~; the inclination of the earth's equator.


The characteristic in wide-angle or oblique photography that portrays the terrain and objects at such an angle and range that details necessary for interpretation are seriously masked or are at a very small scale, rendering interpretation difficult or impossible.


the inclination of the earth’s equator or the angle between the plane of the earth’s orbit and the plane of the equator (23°27’). Also called obliquity of the ecliptic. See also 133. EARTH. — obliquitous, adj.
See also: Astronomy
the inclination of the earth’s equator or the angle between the plane of the earth’s orbit and the plane of the equator (23°27″). See also astronomy. Also called obliquity of the ecliptic. — obliquitous, adj.
See also: Earth
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Noun1.obliquity - the presentation during labor of the head of the fetus at an abnormal angle
childbed, confinement, lying-in, parturiency, travail, labour, labor - concluding state of pregnancy; from the onset of contractions to the birth of a child; "she was in labor for six hours"
abnormalcy, abnormality - an abnormal physical condition resulting from defective genes or developmental deficiencies
2.obliquity - the quality of being deceptive
dishonesty - the quality of being dishonest
meretriciousness, speciousness - an appearance of truth that is false or deceptive; seeming plausibility; "the speciousness of his argument"


n. oblicuidad, estado de estar inclinado-a.
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Which else to several Sphears thou must ascribe, Mov'd contrarie with thwart obliquities, Or save the Sun his labour, and that swift Nocturnal and Diurnal rhomb suppos'd, Invisible else above all Starrs, the Wheele Of Day and Night; which needs not thy beleefe, If Earth industrious of her self fetch Day Travelling East, and with her part averse From the Suns beam meet Night, her other part Still luminous by his ray.
True pelvic obliquities stem from loss of bone or cartilage in the hip joint due to arthritis, necrosis, or infection as well as pelvic fractures and resulting deformity.
The argument that Daesh has been a useful tool for Assad is, to say the least, obliquities in this part of the world.