Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia
- n. A wandering; deviation; digression.
- n. straying off from a course or way
GNU Webster's 1913
- n. A wandering about or going astray; digression.
- n. a turning aside (of your course or attention or concern)
- n. a message that departs from the main subject
- Noun of action form from verb divagate, from Latin verb divagare + noun of action suffix -ion, from Latin suffix -io. (Wiktionary)
“I had never heard of 'divagation' until a couple of days ago, when I came across it in Alan Bennett's 'The Uncommon Reader' (part of the Trappist's holiday reading material).”
“Earlier in this story Peter Wilkinson stepped briefly out of the narrative stream to note an uncanny coincidence converging on the word "divagation," an infrequently used but perfectly legitimate element of the English language.”
“So this divagation is a way to find an entrance, indeed an estuary of sorts, into the story of an extra-ordinary artist, to the course of whose life I had but intermittent access before his death, though the sunken parts of which will, I am sure, be reclaimed by others who knew him and in whom too was borne an equal fascination.”
“Among Ibsen's writings Terje Vigen is unique as a piece of pure sentimentality carried right rough without one divagation into irony or pungency.”
“I was told that at that period he was nearly every day a prey to attacks of mental depression characterised not exactly by divagation but by confessing at the top of his voice — in front of third parties whose presence and censoriousness he had forgotten — opinions he usually hid, such as his”
“If he did not move, Wonstead was capable of reporting him to the captain for strange behavior, and they were all too alert to a divagation which might mean trouble.”
“The detail cannot be considered as something separate from the entire body of speculation: so treated it would have no technical or scientific value; it would be childish divagation.”
“To this end we must go back to the state we affirmed of Eternity, unwavering Life, undivided totality, limitless, knowing no divagation, at rest in unity and intent upon it.”
“It was he who invented the modern dramatic method of seizing a situation at the point at which it can last be seized, and from there pushing it forward with imperturbable logic and not one divagation.”
“Let us be set down at Queens Crawley without further divagation, and see how Miss Rebecca Sharp speeds there.”
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