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oblique
used in Middlemarch

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Definition
indirect; i.e., not straightforward
  • "Not on my account, Sir James," said Dorothea, determined not to lose the opportunity of freeing herself from certain oblique references to excellent matches.
    Book 6 — The Widow and Wife (14% in)
  • That is the way with us when we have any uneasy jealousy in our disposition: if our talents are chiefly of the burrowing kind, our honey-sipping cousin (whom we have grave reasons for objecting to) is likely to have a secret contempt for us, and any one who admires him passes an oblique criticism on ourselves.
    Book 4 — Three Love Problems (35% in)

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