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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.
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 digressions
  • Conversation becomes spirited, stories are being told, digressions occur.
  • It presents a series of digressions and observations-some a few lines, others a few pages-on the topic.
  • Sometimes they're digressions, but they're part of the whole experience.
  • Neither his grip upon his subject nor his technical mastery yet avail to make these felt otherwise than as digressions.
  • The work contains entertaining digressions, in one of which the author satirises critics.
  • At that point, less than midway through the book, begin the fascinating digressions.
  • There were no transitions and no chatty digressions.
  • The movie is full of pauses, digressions and blind alleys.
  • Occasional digressions will be permitted, if for no other reason than to make reading informative and occasionally humorous.
  • Don't hesitate to follow up on interesting digressions.
British Dictionary definitions for digressions


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 digressions



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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