- 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
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1. ramble, stray.
1. See deviate.
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Examples from the Web for digressed
But I have digressed inordinately, and must get back to Auckland forthwith.Brighter Britain! (Volume 1 of 2)
William Delisle Hay
And now, if you please, let us return to the point of the argument at which we digressed.Phaedo
But I have digressed and will proceed to finish Government Street.Some Reminiscences of old Victoria
Then he digressed again, this time without a trace of humour.The Brentons
Anna Chapin Ray
And now I will return to the main history from which I have digressed.The Roman History of Ammianus Marcellinus
- to depart from the main subject in speech or writing
- to wander from one's path or main direction
C16: from Latin dīgressus turned aside, from dīgredī, from dis- apart + gradī to go
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Word Origin and History for digressed
1520s, from Latin digressus, past participle of digredi "to go aside, depart" (see digression), or perhaps a back-formation from digression. Related: Digressed; digressing.
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