from The American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, 4th Edition

  • n. The act of digressing.
  • n. An instance of digressing, especially a written or spoken passage that has no bearing on the main subject.

from Wiktionary, Creative Commons Attribution/Share-Alike License

  • n. A departure from the subject, course, or idea at hand; an exploration of a different or unrelated concern.

from the GNU version of the Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • n. The act of digressing or deviating, esp. from the main subject of a discourse; hence, a part of a discourse deviating from its main design or subject.
  • n. A turning aside from the right path; transgression; offense.
  • n. The elongation, or angular distance from the sun; -- said chiefly of the inferior planets.

from The Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia

  • n. The act of digressing; deviation from a regular or appointed course; especially, a departure from the main subject under consideration; an excursion of speech or writing.
  • n. Deviation from the path of virtue; transgression.
  • n. In astronomy, the angular distance in the ecliptic of the inferior planets Mercury and Venus from the sun.

from WordNet 3.0 Copyright 2006 by Princeton University. All rights reserved.

  • n. a turning aside (of your course or attention or concern)
  • n. a message that departs from the main subject
  • n. wandering from the main path of a journey


Sorry, no etymologies found.


  • Finally, in what can only be described as a digression from a digression, I feel compelled to mention that there is a multi-purpose, high quality item, within reach theoretically, that I cannot bring myself to buy, though I am convinced of its usefulness and value.

    Asparagus with Morels and an XL Digression, blah-di-blah blah.

  • Many novels contain what I call the digression-into-theme.

    The authority to comment

  • But all this is what they call a digression; it has nothing to do with the dragon's teeth I am now narrating.

    The Wouldbegoods

  • (Notice how I used "arguably" to avoid digression from the immediate topic - not to avoid actually making a point.) "Now that I've partly diminished my own enjoyment of this by having to explain the humour ..."

    The Matrix as a Charlie Chaplin short - Boing Boing

  • Particularly by that wee digression from the source text (the whole mother not dying thing).

    I Am Beowulf! You're Going Daaaaahn!

  • And feel free to move this post to the "Open Thread", as it is quite a digression from the original topic.

    A mammalian fossil takes wing

  • The reason for this historic digression is that Jordan has made an interesting discovery.

    Perfect timing

  • Warning: all this post is a digression from the topic!

    Page 2

  • It is a blot upon the reputation of the body of Christ, an erroneous and injurious digression from the serious business of making our lives an example to the world.

    2005 December - Telic Thoughts

  • This was already a digression from the paradigm in the field at that time that proteolytic substrates, almost without exception, can be cleared, at least partially, by single proteases with limited, yet defined specificities.

    Aaron Ciechanover - Autobiography


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