digression

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noun di·gres·sion \-ˈgre-shən\

Definition of digression

  1. 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. 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

Origin and Etymology of digression

see digress


First Known Use: 14th century



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