- 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
1. See deviate.
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Examples from the Web for digresses
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September 9, 2013
- 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
Word Origin and History for digresses
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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