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digression

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noun di·gres·sion \-ˈgre-shən\

Definition of digression

  1. 1 :  the act or an instance of digressing in a discourse or other usually organized literary work

  2. 2 archaic :  a going aside

digressional

play \-ˈgresh-nəl, -ə-nəl\ adjective

digressionary

play \-ˈgre-shə-ˌner-ē\ adjective


Examples of digression in a sentence

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



14th Century

First Known Use of digression

14th century



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