obliquity
noun (plural -ties) Date: 15th century 1. deviation from moral rectitude or sound thinking 2. a. deviation from parallelism or perpendicularity; also the amount of such deviation b. the angle between the planes of the earth's equator and orbit having a value of about 23°27′ <
obliquity of the ecliptic
>
3. a. indirectness or deliberate obscurity of speech or conduct b. an obscure or confusing statement

New Collegiate Dictionary. 2001.

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  • obliquity — [ə blik′wə tē] n. pl. obliquities [ME obliquitee < L obliquitas] 1. the state or quality of being oblique 2. an oblique statement, action, etc. 3. a turning aside from moral conduct or sound thinking 4. Astron. the angle between the planes of… …   English World dictionary

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  • obliquity — obliquitous, adj. /euh blik wi tee, oh blik /, n., pl. obliquities. 1. the state of being oblique. 2. divergence from moral conduct, rectitude, etc.; immorality, dishonesty, or the like. 3. an instance of such divergence. 4. mental perversity. 5 …   Universalium

  • obliquity — noun /əˈblɪkwɪti,əˈblɪkwɪɾi,oʊˈblɪkwɪɾi/ a) The quality of being oblique in direction, deviating from the horizontal or vertical; the angle created by such a deviation. The Planet Earth, so stedfast though she seem, / Insensibly three different… …   Wiktionary

  • obliquity — /əˈblɪkwəti/ (say uh blikwuhtee) noun (plural obliquities) 1. the state of being oblique. 2. divergence from moral rectitude. 3. a moral delinquency. 4. mental perversity. 5. an instance of mental perversity. 6. inclination, or degree of… …   Australian English dictionary

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