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[dih-gresh-uh n, dahy-] /dɪˈgrɛʃ ən, daɪ-/
the act of digressing.
a passage or section that deviates from the central theme in speech or writing.
Origin of digression
1325-75; Middle English < Anglo-French < Latin dīgressiōn- (stem of dīgressiō) a going away, aside, equivalent to dīgress(us) (see digress) + -iōn- -ion
Related forms
digressional, digressionary, adjective
1, 2. deviation, divergence. Unabridged
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Examples from the Web for digression
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  • Without apologising for this digression, we return to the thread of our tale.

    The Pirate City R.M. Ballantyne
  • From this digression, let us return, and resume our Journal.

  • From this digression into the sphere of personal reminiscences I return now and take up again the thread of the narrative.

    Russia Donald Mackenzie Wallace
  • But this digression has taken me a long way in advance of my narrative.

    When Life Was Young C. A. Stephens
  • For which reason, begging the reader's pardon for the digression, I shall now leave it, and resume my story.

    Sheppard Lee, Vol. II (of 2) Robert Montgomery Bird
  • To return from this digression to the charge against Browning of obscurity.

  • From this ode is struck out a digression on the nature of odes, and the comparative excellence of the ancients and moderns.

  • But this is a digression, and I daresay there are many who will not agree with all this.

    Janet's Love and Service Margaret M Robertson
  • Just then the brother created a digression by rushing up to his father.

    The Man of the Desert Grace Livingston Hill
  • But, to return from this digression to the story of Robinson Crusoe.

    The Lonely Island R.M. Ballantyne
British Dictionary definitions for digression


an act or instance of digressing from a main subject in speech or writing
Derived Forms
digressional, adjective
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Word Origin and History for digression

late 14c., from Latin digressionem (nominative digressio) "a going away, departing," noun of action from past participle stem of digredi "to deviate," from dis- "apart, aside" (see dis-) + gradi "to step, go" (see grade (n.)).

Online Etymology Dictionary, © 2010 Douglas Harper
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