from The American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, 4th Edition
- n. The quality or condition of being oblique.
- n. A deviation from a vertical or horizontal line, plane, position, or direction.
- n. The angle or extent of such a deviation.
- n. A mental deviation or aberration.
- n. Immoral conduct.
- n. Obscurity in conduct or verbal expression: "It may be that the candor of contemporary literature creates a nostalgia for indirection, obliquity and deferral” ( Anatole Broyard).
- n. An obscure statement.
from the GNU version of the Collaborative International Dictionary of English
- n. The condition of being oblique; deviation from a right line; deviation from parallelism or perpendicularity; the amount of such deviation; divergence.
- n. Deviation from ordinary rules; irregularity; deviation from moral rectitude.
from The Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia
- n. The state of being oblique.
- n. Deviation from an intellectual or moral standard.
from WordNet 3.0 Copyright 2006 by Princeton University. All rights reserved.
- n. the presentation during labor of the head of the fetus at an abnormal angle
- n. the quality of being deceptive
From Middle French obliquité, from Latin obliquitas, from obliquus ("oblique"). (Wiktionary)