obliquity

[uh-blik-wi-tee, oh-blik-]
noun, plural 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.
an instance of mental perversity.
6.
an inclination or a degree of inclination.
7.
a confusing or obscure statement or passage of writing, especially one deliberately made obscure.
8.
Also called obliquity of the ecliptic. Astronomy. 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.

Origin:
1375–1425; late Middle English obliquitee < Middle French obliquite < Latin oblīquitās, equivalent to oblīqu(us) oblique + -itās -ity

obliquitous, adjective
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obliquity (əˈblɪkwɪtɪ)
 
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 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
 
obliquitous
 
adj

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obliquity
early 15c., from Fr. obliquité (14c.), from L. obliquitatem, noun of quality from obliquus (see oblique).
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obliquity o·bliq·ui·ty (ō-blĭk'wĭ-tē, ə-blĭk'-)
n.
See asynclitism.

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And with this comes an interesting obliquity, a wonderfully skilled and powerful form of understatement.
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