[ dih-gresh-uhn, dahy- ]
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  1. the act of digressing.

  2. a passage or section that deviates from the central theme in speech or writing.

Origin of digression

First recorded in 1325–75; Middle English, from Anglo-French, from Latin dīgressiōn-, stem of dīgressiō “departure,” from dīgress(us) “departed” (past participle of dīgredī “to go off, depart”; see digress) + -iō -ion

Other words for digression

Other words from digression

  • di·gres·sion·al, di·gres·sion·ar·y, adjective

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British Dictionary definitions for digression


/ (daɪˈɡrɛʃən) /

  1. an act or instance of digressing from a main subject in speech or writing

Derived forms of digression

  • digressional, adjective

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