- a detailed discussion of some point in a book, especially one added as an appendix.
- a digression or incidental excursion, as in a narrative.
Origin of excursus
Related Words for excursusdeviation, divergence, departure, aside, divergency, tangent, divagation, detour
Examples from the Web for excursus
Historical Examples of excursus
This is not to say, of course, that the excursus in the second stage has been a loss and a defect.Pagan & Christian Creeds
Let us not at this moment go into an excursus to inquire who he was and who he was not.Christmas Eve and Christmas Day
Edward E. Hale
In an excursus we shall deal with the language of the Picts.
On the relations between Edessa and Rome see the end of the Excursus.History of Dogma, Volume 2 (of 7)
That would involve an excursus on Irish topography, which would be, to say the least, out of place.
- an incidental digression from the main topic under discussion or from the main story in a narrative