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oblique (indirect)

Definition:

indirect in departing from the accepted or proper way

Class:

adjective (modifies a noun)

Related to:

obliqueness | obliquity

Comparative:

obliquer

Superlative:

obliquest

Similar to:

indirect

Original source:

Princeton WordNet

Usage examples:

  • oblique political maneuvers
  • gave oblique answers to direct questions

Synonyms:

devious | misleading | obl. [abbreviation]

Etymology:

Middle French oblique, from Latin obliquus "slanting, sidelong, indirect", from...
(Source: Online Etymology)  [more]

All senses of oblique...

Definition references

Wikipedia:

Deception | beguilement | deceit | bluff | mystification | subterfuge

acts to propagate beliefs that are not true, or not the whole truth. Deception can involve dissimulation, propaganda, and sleight of hand, as well as distraction, camouflage, or concealment. There is also self-deception, as in bad faith. Deception is a... (40 of 2892 words, 1 image)

en​.wikipedia​.org​/wiki​/Deception

Collins Dictionary:

misleading | mislead | deceptive [synonym, sense-specific] | misleadingly [adverb, derived] | misleader [noun, derived]

tending to confuse or mislead; deceptive | to give false or misleading information to | to lead or guide in the wrong direction (21 of 445 words, 3 definitions, 9 usage examples, pronunciations)

www​.collinsdictionary​.com​/dictionary​/english​/misleading

Macmillan British Dictionary:

misleading | misleadingly [adverb, related]

intended or likely to make someone believe something that is incorrect or not true (14 of 54 words, 2 usage examples, pronunciation)

www​.macmillandictionary​.com​/dictionary​/british​/misleading

Oxford Dictionary:

misleading | misleadingly [derived] | misleadingness [derived]

giving the wrong idea or impression (6 of 43 words, 1 usage example, pronunciation)

oxforddictionaries​.com​/definition​/english​/misleading

Cambridge Dictionary:

misleading | misleadingly [adverb, derived]

causing someone to believe something that is not true (9 of 30 words, 3 usage examples, pronunciations)

dictionary​.cambridge​.org​/dictionary​/british​/misleading

Wiktionary:

misleading

Deceptive or tending to mislead or create a false impression. | Present participle of mislead. (14 of 16 words, 2 definitions)

en​.wiktionary​.org​/wiki​/misleading

American Heritage Dictionary:

misleading | misleadingly [adverb, related]

Tending to mislead; deceptive. (4 of 9 words, pronunciation)

www​.yourdictionary​.com​/misleading

Random House Dictionary:

misleading

deceptive; tending to mislead. (4 of 9 words, pronunciation)

dictionary​.infoplease​.com​/misleading

Merriam-Webster:

devious | errant [synonym, sense-specific] | out-of-the-way [synonym, sense-specific] | wandering [synonym, sense-specific] | remote [synonym, sense-specific] | cunning [synonym, sense-specific] | roundabout [synonym, sense-specific] | also [synonym, sense-specific] | beguiling [synonym, sense-specific] | ...

"wandering", "roundabout" ; moving without a fixed course; "errant" | "out-of-the-way", "remote" | deviating from a right, accepted, or common course ... (19 of 219 words, 3 definitions, 5 usage examples, pronunciation)

www​.merriam-webster​.com​/dictionary​/devious

New World Dictionary:

devious | deviously [adverb, related] | deviousness [noun, related]

not in a straight path; roundabout; winding | deviating from the proper or usual course; going astray | not straightforward or frank; deceiving (21 of 38 words, 3 definitions, pronunciation)

www​.yourdictionary​.com​/devious

Encarta Dictionary:

misleading | misleadingly [adverb, derived]

likely or deliberately intended to confuse people or give them a false idea of something (15 of 28 words, pronunciation)

encarta​.msn​.com​/dictionary 1861630471​/definition​.html  [offline]

Etymology references

Online Etymology:

oblique

First use: early 15th century

Origin: Middle French oblique, from Latin obliquus "slanting, sidelong, indirect", from ob "against" + root of licinus "bent ... (20 of 48 etymology words)

www​.etymonline​.com​/index​.php term=oblique

New World Dictionary:

oblique | obliqued [past tense] | obliquing [present participle]

Origin: Middle English oblike from Latin obliquus from ob- (see "ob-") + liquis, awry from Indo-European *leik-, variant of base *elei-, to bend derives "ell"

www​.yourdictionary​.com​/oblique

Collins Dictionary:

oblique

First use: 15th century

Origin: from Old French, from Latin oblīquus, of obscure origin

www​.collinsdictionary​.com​/dictionary​/english​/oblique

Wiktionary:

oblique | obliques [plural] | obliqued [past tense] | obliquing [present participle]

Origin: Middle English, oblike, from Latin oblīquus ("slanting, sideways, indirect, envious")

en​.wiktionary​.org​/wiki​/oblique

American Heritage Dictionary:

oblique

Origin: Middle English, from Old French, from Latin oblīquus.

www​.yourdictionary​.com​/oblique

Oxford Dictionary:

oblique

Origin: late Middle English: from Latin obliquus

oxforddictionaries​.com​/definition​/english​/oblique

Merriam-Webster:

oblique [entry 1, adjective]

First use: 15th century

Origin: Middle English oblike, from Latin obliquus

www​.merriam-webster​.com​/dictionary​/oblique

Encarta Dictionary:

oblique | obliques [plural] | obliqued [past tense] | obliquing [present participle]

First use: 15th century

Origin: Latin obliquus "slanting, sidelong"

encarta​.msn​.com​/dictionary 1861684296​/definition​.html  [offline]

Audio references

Collins Dictionary:

oblique

Audio: North American English pronunciation of "oblique"

www​.collinsdictionary​.com​/dictionary​/english​/oblique

Macmillan British Dictionary:

oblique

Audio: British English pronunciation of "oblique"

www​.macmillandictionary​.com​/dictionary​/british​/oblique

Macmillan American Dictionary:

oblique

Audio: North American pronunciation of "oblique"

www​.macmillandictionary​.com​/dictionary​/american​/oblique

Cambridge Dictionary:

oblique [entry 1]

Audio 1: British English pronunuciation of "oblique"

Audio 2: North American English pronunuciation of "oblique"

dictionary​.cambridge​.org​/dictionary​/british​/oblique 1

the Free Dictionary:

oblique

Audio 1: North American English pronunciation of "oblique"

Audio 2: British English pronunciation of "oblique"

Audio 3: North American English pronunciation of "oblique" by speech synthesizer

www​.thefreedictionary​.com​/oblique

Google Dictionary:

oblique | obliques [plural]

Audio: English pronunciation of "oblique"

www​.google​.com​/#hl=en&tbs=dfn​:1&fp=1&q=oblique

Merriam-Webster Pronunciation:

oblique

Audio: North American pronunciation of "oblique"

www​.merriam-webster​.com​/audio​.php file=obliqu​01 word=oblique

YourDictionary Audio:

oblique

Audio: North American English pronunciation of "oblique" by speech synthesizer

www​.yourdictionary​.com​/oblique

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