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Du moyen français obliquité, issu du latin obliquitas, dérivé de obliquus (« oblique »).

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  1. (Depuis le XVe siècle) Obliquité, inclinaison d’une ligne, d’une surface sur une autre.
    • The Planet Earth, so stedfast though she seem, / Insensibly three different Motions move? / Which else to several Sphears thou must ascribe, / Mov’d contrarie with thwart obliquities (John Milton, Paradise Lost, lignes 766-769, 1667)
    • She wore glasses which, in humble reference to a divergent obliquity of vision, she called her straighteners, and a little ugly snuff-coloured dress trimmed with satin bands in the form of scallops and glazed with antiquity. (Henry James, What Maisie Knew, 1897)
  2. (Depuis le XVe siècle) Obliquité, ce qu’il y a de contraire à la droiture, à la franchise dans sa conduite, dans ses démarches, dans ses comportements.
    • Habitually living with the elements and knowing little more of the land than as a beach, or, rather, that portion of the terraqueous globe providentially set apart for dance-houses, doxies and tapsters, in short what sailors call a "fiddlers'-green," his simple nature remained unsophisticated by those moral obliquities which are not in every case incompatible with that manufacturable thing known as respectability. (Herman Melville, Billy Budd, chapitre 2, 1924)
    • Stray’s [friends], apt to keep more to the shadows, tended to be practitioners of obliquity—as it quite often came down to, varieties of pimp. (Thomas Pynchon, Against the Day, Vintage 2007, p. 404, 2006)
    • That spiked my gun. I could not say anything. I was entirely out of verbal obliquities; to go further would be to lie, and that I would not do; so I simply sat still and suffered , -- sat mutely and resignedly there, and sizzled, -- for I was being slowly fried to death in my own blushes. (Mark Twain, A Tramp Abroad, chapitre 25, 1879)



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