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Oblique in a Sentence

Examples of oblique in a sentence

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Below you will find the definition of oblique, followed by 39 sample sentences (from real sources), gradually increasing in length.

oblique(ō-blēkˈ, ə-blēkˈ)

(noun) - any grammatical case other than the nominative

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EXAMPLES - Oblique in a Sentence

  1. And the kind of oblique, imprintable lyrics I cotton to. (source)
  2. I can only surmise that this is some kind of oblique reference to (source)
  3. Although her presence was the signal for the "oblique" of any lounging (source)
  4. As the leader sings he slowly moves his legs in a kind of oblique walk. (source)
  5. The eyebrows not rarely are rendered oblique, which is due to their inner ends being raised. (source)
  6. a strained ab, not a strained oblique, which is currently the Most Feared Injury in Baseball. (source)
  7. It ended up as a bit more than that, but any kind of oblique political thing was not my intention. (source)
  8. A surface cultivation in one of these will yield as much growth as ten or twelve "oblique" tube cultures. (source)
  9. In my previous post I wrote about using food metaphors as a kind of oblique strategy for discussing music. (source)
  10. This fenfe of the word oblique refpeets the pofition of a leaf; and is exemplified in Prctea and Fritillaria. (source)
  11. The "oblique" fracture is broken at an angle across the bone and is usually the result of a sharp angled blow to the bone. (source)
  12. Wired reports on the oblique ways teenagers hack language to maintain some degree of privacy in otherwise very public lives. (source)
  13. The MRI doesn't show anything significant, but I learned a long time ago, when the word 'oblique' is mentioned, I get nervous. (source)
  14. This oblique photo shows the region around the crater Galilaei and Planitia Descensus in Oceanus Procellarum (the Sea of Storms). (source)
  15. His tweets, which he admitted were "oblique," hadn't explained his sudden move, or the link between his lost job and lost apartment. (source)
  16. - One of our favorite Bing Map features (and before that Virtual Earth features) are the "oblique" or what are commonly called "birds eye" imagery. (source)
  17. Mr. Droga declined to reveal locations beforehand (including the veracity of the Times Square example), but did describe the campaign in oblique terms. (source)
  18. As an intern at the London Times in the early '90s, I remember being mystified by oblique references to riots in "Asian" communities in the north of England. (source)
  19. And, I have to say that Alis' former possiblity of "Steadfast Like the Crane" is also a great title--though perhaps, as they say in the trade, a bit 'oblique'. (source)
  20. Many manufacturers make special left-handed nibs, often referred to as oblique nibs, that are like a right-hander's pen but offset so that we can write with them. (source)
  21. Research on fountain pens told me that lefty nibs are sometimes called "oblique" and account for the dragging motion of how our hands get the pen to spill ink across the page. (source)
  22. New methods of disclosing what some investors termed their oblique financial results were agreed by the banks and announced yesterday, and this also seems to be weighing on sentiment. (source)
  23. Miss Margland, extremely piqued, vented her spleen in oblique sarcasms, and sought to heal her offended pride by appeals for justice to her sagacity and foresight in the whole business. (source)
  24. The party said the "oblique" reference in the address about the need for Pakistan to take effective steps to prevent terrorist activities against India was contrary to the government's moves. (source)
  25. The oblique rays of the hidden sun shot through the smoke, high-dissipated from forest fires a thousand miles away, and turned the heavens to sombre red, while the earth shone red in the reflected glow. (source)
  26. The other two are called oblique muscles, one of which, with its long tendon passing through a cartilaginous loop, acts upon the principle of the fixed pulley, and turns the eye in a direction contrary to its own action. (source)
  27. But the centenary revivals have forced us to recognise the real truth about Rattigan: that behind the quietly oblique dialogue lies a profound understanding of the human heart and an awareness of the illogicality of love. (source)
  28. Protecting the country is also likely to overlap with other policy areas, like India's approach to its neighbour and rival Pakistan, or appear in "oblique" references in discussions about Hindu-Muslim relations, they added. (source)
  29. Anytime you see a sign like that, you see this fracture, what we call an oblique fracture so it kind of spirals up, we know that he had some unbelievable force at his ankle that transmitted up through his fibula and fractured it. (source)
  30. Frederic's secret had been discovered, and consisted in what was called the oblique order -- that is, to make one wing much stronger than the other, to refuse with the weak wing, and to attack with overwhelming force with the strong. (source)
  31. This meeting, for example, takes place in 1972, but Carey creates an even greater distance than that thirty-six years, presenting the adult Che as a kind of oblique narrator, nudging the novel from simple past into recollection of the past. (source)
  32. In the two sentences that now follow from Mr. Morley, the offending comma of the first parts centre, which is what grammarians call the oblique complement, from its verb made; the offending comma of the second parts the direct object groups from its verb drew. (source)
  33. What may be called oblique flattery is very pleasing to those quick-witted girls, who have had a surfeit of direct compliments: and it is oblique flattery, when a man is supercilious and distant to others, as well as tender and a little obsequious to her he would please. (source)
  34. But Browning was too ingrained a believer in the "oblique" methods of Art to acquiesce in so simple and direct a conclusion; he loved to let truth struggle through devious and unlikely channels to the heart instead of missing its aim by being formally proclaimed or announced. (source)
  35. In a text message sent moments after the Red Sox '4-3, 10-inning win over the Yankees, Josh Beckett called the oblique injury suffered Friday "just a freak deal," having never suffered anything like it before, and reported that he felt better Sunday than the two previous days. (source)
  36. With respect to another figure by Dr. Duchenne (fig. 49), in which the muscles of half the face are galvanized in order to represent a man beginning to cry, with the eyebrow on the same side rendered oblique, which is characteristic of misery, the expression was recognized by a greater proportional number of persons. (source)
  37. The "oblique" movement in the angels he describes as being composed of the straight and circular movements, inasmuch as their care for those beneath them is in accordance with their contemplation of God: while the "oblique" movement in the soul he also declares to be partly straight and partly circular, in so far as in reasoning it makes use of the light received from God. (source)
  38. If we see Frederick the Great's Generals always making their appearance in the so-called oblique order of battle, the Generals of the French Revolution always using turning movements with a long, extended line of battle, and Buonaparte's lieutenants rushing to the attack with the bloody energy of concentrated masses, then we recognise in the recurrence of the mode of proceeding evidently an adopted method, and see therefore that method of action can reach up to regions bordering on the highest. (source)
  39. I do not say that some of the salaries given in India would not sound well here; but when you consider the nature of the trusts, the dignity of the situation, whatever the name of them may be, the powers that are granted, the hopes that every man has of establishing himself at home, I repeat, it is a source of infinite grievance, of infinite abuse: of which source of corrupt power we charge Mr. Hastings with having availed himself, in filling up the void of direct pay by finding out and countenancing every kind of oblique and unjust emolument; though it must be confessed that he is far from being solely guilty of this offence. (source)

Sentence Information

The average Flesch reading-ease score of the 39 example sentences provided below is 48.0, which suggests that "oblique" is a difficult word that tends to be used by individuals of higher education, and is likely found in more advanced literature or in academia.


We have 30 synonyms for oblique.

angled, askance, askew, aslant, asymmetrical, awry, bent, cater-cornered, crooked, diagonal, distorted, diverging, inclined, inclining, leaning, on the bias, pitched, pitching, sideways, skew, slanted, sloped, sloping, strained, tilted, tilting, tipped, tipping, turned, twisted


We have 3 antonyms for oblique.

direct, forthright, straightforward


Pronunciation: (ō-blēkˈ, ə-blēkˈ)

Syllabification: ob-lique


View up to 25 definitions of oblique from 5 different sources, as well as parts of speech.

from The American Heritage© Dictionary of the English Language, 4th Edition
  1. (adjective) Having a slanting or sloping direction, course, or position; inclined.
  2. (adjective) Mathematics Designating geometric lines or planes that are neither parallel nor perpendicular.
  3. (adjective) Botany Having sides of unequal length or form: an oblique leaf.
  4. (adjective) Anatomy Situated in a slanting position; not transverse or longitudinal: oblique muscles or ligaments.
  5. (adjective) Indirect or evasive: oblique political maneuvers.

from Wiktionary, Creative Commons Attribution/Share-Alike License
  1. (adjective) Not erect or perpendicular; neither parallel to, nor at right angles from, the base; slanting; inclined.
  2. (adjective) Not straightforward; indirect; obscure; hence, disingenuous; underhand; perverse; sinister.
  3. (adjective) Not direct in descent; not following the line of father and son; collateral.
  4. (adjective) Having the base of the blade asymmetrical, with one side larger or extending further than the other.
  5. (noun) An oblique line.

from the GNU version of the Collaborative International Dictionary of English
  1. (adjective) Not erect or perpendicular; neither parallel to, nor at right angles from, the base; slanting; inclined.
  2. (adjective) Not straightforward; indirect; obscure
  3. (adjective) Not direct in descent; not following the line of father and son; collateral.
  4. (noun) An oblique line.
  5. (verb-intransitive) To deviate from a perpendicular line; to move in an oblique direction.

from The Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia
  1. (None) Of lines or planes, making with a given line, surface, or direction an angle that is less than 90°; neither perpendicular nor parallel; of angles, either acute or obtuse, not right; in general, not direct; aslant; slanting. See cuts under angle.
  2. (None) Indirect, in a figurative sense: as, an oblique reproach or taunt.
  3. (None) Questionable from a moral point of view; not upright or morally direct; evil.
  4. (None) In botany, unequal-sided.
  5. (noun) In anatomy, an oblique muscle: as, the external oblique of the abdomen. See obliquus.

from WordNet 3.0 Copyright 2006 by Princeton University. All rights reserved.
  1. (noun) any grammatical case other than the nominative
  2. (adjective) indirect in departing from the accepted or proper way; misleading
  3. (noun) a diagonally arranged abdominal muscle on either side of the torso
  4. (adjective) slanting or inclined in direction or course or position--neither parallel nor perpendicular nor right-angled