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[dih-gres, dahy-] /dɪˈgrɛs, daɪ-/
verb (used without object)
to deviate or wander away from the main topic or purpose in speaking or writing; depart from the principal line of argument, plot, study, etc.
Archaic. to turn aside.
Origin of digress
1520-30; < Latin dīgressus, past participle of dīgredī “to go off, depart, digress,” equivalent to dī- di-2 + -gredī, combining form of gradī “to go”; cf. grade
Related forms
digresser, noun
digressingly, adverb
redigress, verb (used without object)
Can be confused
digress, diverge.
1. ramble, stray.
Synonym Study
1. See deviate. Unabridged
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Examples from the Web for digress
Contemporary Examples
  • But I digress, enough with the “man who wears two masks” nonsense, as if Banville must justify writing mystery novels.

Historical Examples
  • Anthony Despeisses was a lawyer who used frequently to digress.

    The Book-Hunter at Home P. B. M. Allan
  • Just here let me digress a moment to erect a warning signboard.

    How to Cook Husbands Elizabeth Strong Worthington
  • To digress a moment: When it comes to the arts, that is quite another matter.

    The Living Present Gertrude Franklin Horn Atherton
  • I will digress a bit and explain how these stone-quarries were discovered.

  • Just here let me digress from the actual making of coffee to another matter that concerns coffee drinkers.

    Six Cups of Coffee Maria Parloa
  • This is a digression I grant, but I cannot help it; it is the nature of man to digress.

    Newton Forster Captain Frederick Marryat
  • Here, I hope you will permit me to digress long enough to express something that is much on my mind.

  • But, not to digress, what a "mess" people generally make of holiday presents!

    Ginger-Snaps Fanny Fern
  • To digress, why do you most admire Jephthahs daughter, the gentle Gileadite?

    The Protector Harold Bindloss
British Dictionary definitions for digress


verb (intransitive)
to depart from the main subject in speech or writing
to wander from one's path or main direction
Derived Forms
digresser, noun
Word Origin
C16: from Latin dīgressus turned aside, from dīgredī, from dis- apart + gradī to go
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Word Origin and History for digress

1520s, from Latin digressus, past participle of digredi "to go aside, depart" (see digression), or perhaps a back-formation from digression. Related: Digressed; digressing.

Online Etymology Dictionary, © 2010 Douglas Harper
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