Definition of digression
1 : the act or an instance of leaving the main subject in an extended written or verbal expression of thought : the act or an instance of digressing in a discourse or other usually organized literary work Every place Hamilton, his parents, or his wife visited over a century's time is described at length; everyone he met merits at least a minor biographical digression. — Willard Sterne Randall
2 archaic : a going aside
digressionalplay \-ˈgresh-nəl, -ə-nəl\ adjective
digressionaryplay \-ˈgre-shə-ˌner-ē\ adjective
Examples of digression in a Sentence
the professor's frequent and extended digressions are the stuff of campus legend
Recent Examples of digression from the Web
A speech in Cincinnati offered few details, and plenty of digressions.
A speech in Cincinnati offered few details and plenty of digressions.
In his limited time, Mr. Smith finds room for informative digressions on the biology of lead poisoning, the history of water delivery and the 2001-10 contamination of the Washington, D.C., water system that presaged the Flint disaster.
There's just something about that scene—a digression into pure nonsense, extended to a breaking point, comprised of nothing more than back-and-forth shots of conversation and pauses between conversation.
Djam takes pity on her and the pair become uneasy traveling companions, setting off on an eventful road trip back into Greece full of wild digressions, chance encounters and musical interludes.
Gould revisits Roth a few times, each one offering a choice digression about the treasures in the morgue.
One of the sharpest and most prolific observers of our times rounds up his favorite pieces, both original and some with previously unpublished passages and digressions.
Indeed, the film is full of telling near-digressions which go off to watch characters who are not particularly germane to the immediate story, like Masha and her own mother, but whose interactions illuminate the film’s themes.
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