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oblīquus (oblīcus , v. Orthogr. Vergl. p. 449 Wagner), a, um, adj. ob and liquus; root lek-; Gr. λέχριος, λέχρις, slantwise (cf.: λοξός, Λοξίας); Lat. licinus, limus, luxus, luxare,
I.sidelong, slanting, awry, oblique (freq. and class.; cf.: transversus, imus).
I. Lit.: “motus corporis, pronus, obliquus, supinus,Cic. Div. 1, 53, 120: “hos partim obliquos, partim aversos, partim etiam adversos stare vobis,on one side of you, sideways, id. Rep. 6, 19, 20: “obliquo claudicare pede,Ov. Am. 2, 17, 20: “sublicae,Caes. B. G. 4, 17: “ordines,id. ib. 7, 73: “iter,id. B. C. 1, 70: “obliquam facere imaginem,a side-likeness, profile, Plin. 35, 10, 36, § 90: “chordae,” i. e. of the triangular harp, Juv. 3, 64: “verris obliquum meditantis ictum Sanguine donare,Hor. C. 3, 22, 7: “obliquo dente timendus aper,Ov. H. 4, 104: “rex aquarum cursibus obliquis fluens,id. M. 9, 18: “radix,id. ib. 10, 491: “obliquo capite speculari,Plin. 8, 24, 36, § 88: “non istic obliquo oculo mea commoda quisquam Limat,with a sidelong glance, an envious look, Hor. Ep. 1, 14, 37: “non obliquis oculis sed circumacto capite cernere,Plin. 11, 37, 55, § 151: “obliquoque notat Proserpina vultu,Stat. S. 2, 6, 102.— Adverbial phrases: ab obliquo, ex obliquo, per obliquum, in obliquum, obliquum, from the side, sideways, not straight on: “ab obliquo,Ov. R. Am. 121: “nec supra ipsum nec infra, sed ex obliquo,Plin. 2, 31, 31, § 99: “serpens per obliquum similis sagittae Terruit mannos,Hor. C. 3, 27, 6: “cancri in obliquom aspiciunt,Plin. 11, 37, 55, § 152: obliquum, obliquely, askance: “oculis obliquum respiciens,App. M. 3, p. 140.—Comp.: “quia positio signiferi circa media sui obliquior est,Plin. 2, 77, 79, § 188.—
II. Fig.
A. Of relationship, not direct, collateral (poet. and late Lat.): “obliquum a patre genus,” i. e. not born of the same mother with myself, Stat. Th. 5, 221: “obliquo maculat qui sanguine regnum,by collateral consanguinity, Luc. 8, 286; cf.: “tertio gradu veniunt ... ex obliquo fratris sororisque filius,Paul. Sent. 4, 11, 3.—
B. Of speech.
1. Indirect, covert: “obliquis orationibus carpere aliquem,Suet. Dom. 2: “insectatio,Tac. A. 14, 11: “dicta,Aur. Vict. Epit. 9: “verba,Amm. 15, 5, 4.—
2. In a bad sense, envious, hostile (post-class.): “Cato adversus potentes semper obliquus,Flor. 4, 2, 9.—
3. In gram.
a. Obliquus casus, an oblique case (i. e. all the cases except the nom. and voc.), opp. rectus: “alia casus habent et rectos et obliquos,Varr. L. L. 8, § 49 Müll.—
b. Obliqua oratio, indirect speech: apud historicos reperiuntur obliquae allocutiones, ut in T. Livii primo statim libro (c. 9): urbes quoque, ut cetera, ex infimo nasci; “deinde, etc.,Quint. 9, 2, 37: “oratio,Just. 38, 3, 11.— Hence, adv.: oblīquē , sideways, athwart, obliquely.
B. Trop., indirectly, covertly (post-Aug.): “aliquem castigare,Tac. A. 3, 35: “perstringere aliquem,id. ib. 5, 2: “admonere,Gell. 3, 2, 16: “agere,id. 7, 17, 4.
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