digression


di·gres·sion

noun \-ˈgre-shən\

Definition of DIGRESSION

1
:  the act or an instance of digressing in a discourse or other usually organized literary work
2
archaic :  a going aside
di·gres·sion·al \-ˈgresh-nəl, -ə-nəl\ adjective
di·gres·sion·ary \-ˈgre-shə-ˌner-ē\ adjective

Examples of DIGRESSION

  1. <the professor's frequent and extended digressions are the stuff of campus legend>

First Known Use of DIGRESSION

14th century

Other Literature Terms

apophasis, bathos, bildungsroman, bowdlerize, caesura, coda, doggerel, euphemism, poesy, prosody

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