digression


Also found in: Thesaurus, Legal, Wikipedia.

di·gres·sion

 (dī-grĕsh′ən, dĭ-)
n.
1. The act of digressing.
2. An instance of digressing, especially a written or spoken passage that has no bearing on the main subject.

di·gres′sion·al adj.

digression

(daɪˈɡrɛʃən)
n
an act or instance of digressing from a main subject in speech or writing
diˈgressional adj

di•gres•sion

(dɪˈgrɛʃ ən, daɪ-)

n.
1. the act of digressing.
2. a passage or section that deviates from the central theme in speech or writing.
[1325–75; < Anglo-French < Latin]
di•gres′sion•al, di•gres′sion•ar′y, adj.
ThesaurusAntonymsRelated WordsSynonymsLegend:
Noun1.digression - a message that departs from the main subjectdigression - a message that departs from the main subject
subject matter, content, message, substance - what a communication that is about something is about
2.digression - a turning aside (of your course or attention or concern); "a diversion from the main highway"; "a digression into irrelevant details"; "a deflection from his goal"
turning, turn - the act of changing or reversing the direction of the course; "he took a turn to the right"
red herring - any diversion intended to distract attention from the main issue
3.digression - wandering from the main path of a journeydigression - wandering from the main path of a journey
journey, journeying - the act of traveling from one place to another

digression

digression

noun
Translations
إنْحِراف عن الموضوع، إسْتِطْراد
odbočkaodbočení
sidebemærkning
poikkeamapoikkeaminensyrjähyppy
elkalandozás
útúrdúr
konudan ayrılma

digression

[daɪˈgreʃən] Ndigresión f

digression

[daɪˈgrɛʃən] ndigression f

digression

nAbschweifung f, → Exkurs m; this by way of a digressionaber das nur nebenbei

digression

[daɪˈgrɛʃn] ndigressione f

digress

(daiˈgres) verb
to wander from the point, or from the main subject in speaking or writing.
diˈgression (-ʃən) noun
References in classic literature ?
After this long digression we have now arrived once more at the point where Pudd'nhead Wilson, while waiting for the arrival of the twins on that same Friday evening, sat puzzling over the strange apparition of that morning--a girl in young Tom Driscoll's bedroom; fretting, and guessing, and puzzling over it, and wondering who the shameless creature might be.
And, making a digression at this stage on the subject of light, I expounded at considerable length what the nature of that light must be which is found in the sun and the stars, and how thence in an instant of time it traverses the immense spaces of the heavens, and how from the planets and comets it is reflected towards the earth.
Though it may rather be a digression from the immediate subject of this paper, I shall take occasion to mention here a supposition which has excited some alarm upon very mistaken grounds.
I think that the digression of my thoughts must have done me good, for when I got back to bed I found a lethargy creeping over me.
After this digression, we shall return to our narrative.
Rather to Flambeau's surprise, his clerical friend, who seemed to have entirely woken up, took up the digression and talked natural history with his host with a flow of words and much unexpected information, until the dessert and decanters were set down and the last of the servants vanished.
Inquiries and communications concerning brothers and sisters, the situation of some, the growth of the rest, and other family matters now passed between them, and continued, with only one small digression on James's part, in praise of Miss Thorpe, till they reached Pulteney Street, where he was welcomed with great kindness by Mr.
But, to return from this digression, care ought to be taken that the bodies of the children may be such as will answer the expectations of the legislator; this also will be affected by the same means.
I suppose it was a very pretty example of the triumph of spirit over matter, and so my digression has at least the advantage of a moral.
For the sake of a digression, he took up a check book from the table.
Forgive, I pray you, this inconsequent digression by what was once a woman.
And while on this digression, let me repeat the question I have repeated to myself ten thousand times.