Definition of Digression

1. Noun. A message that departs from the main subject.

2. Noun. A turning aside (of your course or attention or concern). "A deflection from his goal"
Exact synonyms: Deflection, Deflexion, Deviation, Divagation, Diversion
Generic synonyms: Turn, Turning
Specialized synonyms: Red Herring
Derivative terms: Deflect, Deflect, Deflect, Deflect, Deviate, Deviate, Digress, Divagate, Diversionary, Diversionist, Divert

3. Noun. Wandering from the main path of a journey.
Exact synonyms: Excursion
Generic synonyms: Journey, Journeying
Derivative terms: Digress, Excursionist

Definition of Digression

1. 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.

Definition of Digression

1. Noun. A departure from the subject, course, or idea at hand; an exploration of a different or unrelated concern. ¹

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Definition of Digression

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Medical Definition of Digression

1. 1. The act of digressing or deviating, especially. From the main subject of a discourse; hence, a part of a discourse deviating from its main design or subject. "The digressions I can not excuse otherwise, than by the confidence that no man will read them." (Sir W. Temple) 2. A turning aside from the right path; transgression; offense. "Then my digression is so vile, so base, That it will live engraven in my face." (Shak) 3. The elongation, or angular distance from the sun; said chiefly of the inferior planets. Origin: L. Digressio: cf. F. Digression. Source: Websters Dictionary (01 Mar 1998)

Lexicographical Neighbors of Digression

digoxin toxicity
digression (current term)
digs out
digs up
diguanylate cyclase

Literary usage of Digression

Below you will find example usage of this term as found in modern and/or classical literature:

1. A Treatise on Counterpoint and Fugue by Luigi Cherubini, Mary Cowden Clarke, Josiah Pittman (1854)
"The digression, or EPISODE in a FUGUE, is a period composed of fragments of the SUBJECT, ... The digression may be, according to need, either short or long; ..."

2. The History of the Decline and Fall of the Roman Empire by Edward Gibbon (1902)
"digression ON THE FAMILY OF COURTENAY. The purple of three emperors who ... will authorise or excuse a digression on the origin singular fortunes of the ..."

3. The History of England: From the Invasion of Julius Cæsar, to the Revolution by David Hume (1810)
"digression concerning' the ecclesiastical state—Origin of the ... The importance of the present occasion will, I hope, excuse this short digression. ..."

4. The Modern Reader's Bible: The Books of the Bible with Three Books of the by Richard Green Moulton (1907)
"Before the break the author has only mentioned irrational vermin sent upon the Egyptians; after the digression he contrasts this torment with the dainty ..."

5. The Material Used in Musical Composition: A System of Harmony Designed by Percy Goetschius (1913)
"After the digression, the first chord must return, in the same or in a different form. See par. 2170; 2176 is not valid in this case. *1) Major and minor. ..."

6. An Inquiry Into the Nature and Causes of the Wealth of Nations by Adam Smith, James Edwin Thorold Rogers (1869)
"digression concerning the Corn Trade and Corn Laws. ... The great importance of this subject must justify the length of the digression. ..."

7. The Anatomy of Melancholy: What it Is, with All the Kinds, Causes, Symptoms by Robert Burton (1847)
"3 digression of the nature of Spirits, ... bo considered : for the better understanding of which, I will make a brief digression of ihe nature of spirits. ..."

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