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digression

[dih-gresh-uh n, dahy-] /dɪˈgrɛʃ ən, daɪ-/
noun
1.
the act of digressing.
2.
a passage or section that deviates from the central theme in speech or writing.
Origin
1325-1375
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
Synonyms
1, 2. deviation, divergence.
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Word Origin and History for digressional

digression

n.

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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