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Definition digression

Etymology

From Old French digressiun or disgressiun, from Latin digressio, from digressus + -io (“forming abstract nouns from verbs”), the past passive participle of digredi (“to step away, to digress”), from dis- + gradi (“to step, walk, go”).

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digression (countable and uncountable, plural digressions)

  1. An aside, an act of straying from the main subject in speech or writing.
  2. (generally uncountable) The act of straying from the main subject in speech or writing, (rhetoric) particularly for rhetorical effect.
  3. (obsolete) A deviancy, a sin or error, an act of straying from the path of righteousness or a general rule.
  4. (now rare) A deviation, an act of straying from a path.
  5. (astronomy, physics) An elongation, a deflection or deviation from a mean position or expected path.

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