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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]
ThesaurusAntonymsRelated WordsSynonymsLegend:
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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