/əˈblɪkwəti/ (say uh'blikwuhtee)

noun (plural obliquities)
1. the state of being oblique.
2. divergence from moral rectitude.
3. a moral delinquency.
4. mental perversity.
5. an instance of mental perversity.
6. inclination, or degree of inclination.
7. Also, obliquity of the ecliptic. Astronomy the angle between the plane of the earth's orbit and that of the earth's equator, equal to about 23°27'.
{Middle English obliquitee, from French}
obliquitous, adjective

Australian English dictionary. 2014.

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