Part of speech:
Often a countable noun.
(Countable nouns, like “bottle,” “piece,” and “decision,” are words for things that can be broken into exact units. You talk about “a bottle,” “three pieces,” and “many decisions.”
Likewise, talk about one obliquity or multiple obliquities.)
You can also treat "obliquity" as an uncountable noun and talk about "the obliquity," "such obliquity," "no obliquity" and so on.
First, an obliquity is something that strays away from what's morally right.
Second, an obliquity is something that's said, written, or done indirectly and is often confusing or misleading on purpose.
Consider how these meanings relate to the concrete definition of "oblique:" slanting, at an angle, or tilting away from a straight line.
obliquities, oblique, obliquely
How to use it:
Talk about "moral obliquity," "an obliquity," "obliquities," or just "obliquity:" "The company is often criticized for its moral obliquity." "The group suffers from an obliquity of purpose." "I won't tolerate your verbal obliquities any longer!" "Seemingly harmless obliquity is the downfall of many relationships."
You can also talk about someone being oblique, talking obliquely, or doing anything obliquely: "Her obliquely flirtatious comments went right over his head."
If you speak in obliquities for five minutes before getting to the real point, I'm going to lose my patience.
I haven't actually unfriended him on Facebook; I just try to ignore his posted stories when they show any degree of moral obliquity.
Look away from the screen to explain the definition in your own words. You’ll know you understand what "obliquity” means when you can explain it without saying “slanted” or “immoral."
Think of the last time someone wouldn't get to the point while trying to tell you something or ask you something, and fill in the blanks: "(Person) approached the issue of _____ obliquely and just kept talking about _____."
Example: "She approached the issue of her incomplete homework obliquely and just kept talking about how busy her schedule was."
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1. The opposite of OBLIQUITY is
2. An oblique way of asking for your age is to say, _____
A. "What year were you born?"
B. "When did you graduate from high school?"
C. "How long did you stay at your last job?"
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