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Definition of Oblique


  1. Not erect or perpendicular; neither parallel to, nor at right angles from, the base; slanting; inclined.
  2. Not straightforward; indirect; obscure; hence, disingenuous; underhand; perverse; sinister.
  3. Not direct in descent; not following the line of father and son; collateral.
  4. An oblique line.
  5. To deviate from a perpendicular line; to move in an oblique direction.
  6. To march in a direction oblique to the line of the column or platoon; -- formerly accomplished by oblique steps, now by direct steps, the men half-facing either to the right or left.

Oblique Quotations

Pray always for all the learned, the oblique, the delicate. Let them not be quite forgotten at the throne of God when the simple come into their kingdom.
Evelyn Waugh

I'm not a person who writes really abstract things with oblique references. I look at abstraction like I look at condiments. Give me some Tabasco sauce, some ketchup, some mayonnaise. I love all of that. Put it on a trumpet. I've just got to have the ketchup and Tabasco sauce. That's my attitude about musical philosophy.
Wynton Marsalis

The oblique paradox of propaganda is that the lie in the throat becomes, by repetition, the truth in the heart.
John Grierson

The only thing that makes a book YA is that it is about teenagers, and it is written in a very conventional, non-artsy, non-pretentious way. YA is not the place for the oblique or the cryptic. If it is in any way experimental in form, it is not YA.
Russell Smith

I am oblique; I think that has to do with my own nature. I like trying to do things which work on many levels, because I think it is terribly important to give an audience a lot of things they might not get as well as those they will, so that finally the film does take on a texture and is not just simplistic communication.
Alan J. Pakula
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Oblique Translations

oblique in Afrikaans is skeef
oblique in Dutch is scheef, schuin
oblique in French is oblique, en sifflet
oblique in Italian is obliquo
oblique in Spanish is inclinado, atravesado
oblique in Swedish is sned
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