[ dih-gresh-uhn, dahy- ]
/ dɪˈgrɛʃ ən, daɪ- /


the act of digressing.
a passage or section that deviates from the central theme in speech or writing.

Nearby words

  1. digoxin,
  2. digram,
  3. digraph,
  4. digraphic,
  5. digress,
  6. digressive,
  7. digressively,
  8. digs,
  9. dihedral,
  10. dihedral angle

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

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British Dictionary definitions for digression


/ (daɪˈɡrɛʃən) /


an act or instance of digressing from a main subject in speech or writing
Derived Formsdigressional, 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.)).

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