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n. pl. ex·cur·sus·es
1. A lengthy, appended exposition of a topic or point.
2. A digression.

[Latin, from past participle of excurrere, to run out; see excursion.]


n, pl -suses or -sus
(Rhetoric) an incidental digression from the main topic under discussion or from the main story in a narrative
[C19: from Latin: a running forth, from excurrere to run out]


(ɛkˈskɜr səs)

n., pl. -sus•es, -sus.
1. a detailed discussion of some point in a book, esp. one added as an appendix.
2. a digression or incidental excursion, as in a narrative.
[1795–1805; < Latin: a running out, sally, digression. See ex-1, course]
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Noun1.excursus - a message that departs from the main subjectexcursus - a message that departs from the main subject
subject matter, content, message, substance - what a communication that is about something is about




[ekˈskɜːsɪz] Nexcursus m inv
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Casaubon's mind was more alert, and he seemed to anticipate what was coming after a very slight verbal indication, saying, "That will do--mark that"--or "Pass on to the next head--I omit the second excursus on Crete.
Deane, when he expected to take his wine alone, would tell Tom to step in and sit with him an hour, and would pass that hour in much lecturing and catechising concerning articles of export and import, with an occasional excursus of more indirect utility on the relative advantages to the merchants of St.
The description of the idyllic scene of the lovers asleep together, in their very last few moments of paradise, seems to echo the closing section of the excursus as it focuses on the joys which the blessed woman (III) can offer her lover.
This excursus, of course, has excluded the quintessential home contribution: Le Rouzic notably, the doyen Giot, Lecornec, Le Roux, Briard de nos jours; the emergent Serge Cassen.
The two essays collected here were published in German as translations of The Academy of Science and Literature, "Plato's Parmenides" in 2003 and "Philosophical Knowledge and Conceptual Representation Commentary on the Epistemological Excursus of the Seventh Letter" in 1989.
The excursus called "The Latin Contribution to the Early Ottoman Economy" does not deliver on that promise.
Portraits by Ingres," currently on view at the Metropolitan Museum of Art, not only allows me to dwell on one of my very favorite painters but also permits an excursus on the renascence of the portrait genre in painting (in photography, it never really left us).
More than a historical survey, part i takes up questions of textual chronology and authenticity (for example, in Excursus I, 82-93, Marenbon shows why the correspondence with Heloise is genuine), while also providing a precis of each of Abelard's works as seen in its historical context.
Readers familiar with Nietzsche's corpus should expect to achieve not so much a revised understanding of Nietzsche's own relationship with theology as a sense of having engaged with an extended excursus on how a particular reading of this philosopher fares when confronted with a particular perception of theology aimed at assisting "Christianity to hone its own theological rhetoric" (11).
He begins with a long historical excursus, then looks at the contribution of Lev Vygotsky (1896-1934), at activity theory since him, and at an interdisciplinary approach.
3: I never say that your excursus on Rirkrit Tiravanija "merely" confirms art-world consensus, but that it finally does.
Rudiger Schnell's book makes an oddly muddled attempt to resolve the question of the relationship in Gottfried's Tristan between excursus and narrative (pp.