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[dih-gresh-uh n, dahy-] /dɪˈgrɛʃ ən, daɪ-/
the act of digressing.
a passage or section that deviates from the central theme in speech or writing.
Origin of digression
1325-75; Middle English < Anglo-French < Latin dīgressiōn- (stem of dīgressiō) a going away, aside, equivalent to dīgress(us) (see digress) + -iōn- -ion
Related forms
digressional, digressionary, adjective
1, 2. deviation, divergence. Unabridged
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Examples from the web for digression
  • Under these conditions, diversion and instruction are diametrically opposed, and digression has no place in the classroom.
  • To him, life is a flow, a simultaneous progression and digression.
  • This was something of a digression from the main stream of his work.
  • His jokes, his quarrelsomeness and his weakness for digression are a drawback.
  • We shall interrupt a little in order to open up an explanatory digression.
  • That digression was impressive; but perhaps you should concentrate on what I said, rather than run off at a tangent so quickly.
  • Which brings me inexplicably to a digression on the number three.
  • I'll stop now before I wander off into non-topical digression.
  • It's been sad to watch the digression.
  • Then I apologize to the rest of the class for the digression.
British Dictionary definitions for digression


an act or instance of digressing from a main subject in speech or writing
Derived Forms
digressional, adjective
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Word Origin and History for digression

late 14c., from Latin digressionem (nominative digressio) "a going away, departing," noun of action from past participle stem of digredi "to deviate," from dis- "apart, aside" (see dis-) + gradi "to step, go" (see grade (n.)).

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