Definitions for: Digression

[n] wandering from the main path of a journey
[n] a turning aside (of your course or attention or concern); "a diversion from the main highway"; "a digression into irrelevant details"; "a deflection from his goal"
[n] a message that departs from the main subject

Webster (1913) Definition: Di*gres"sion, n. [L. digressio: cf. F. digression.]
1. 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.

The digressions I can not excuse otherwise, than by
the confidence that no man will read them. --Sir W.

2. A turning aside from the right path; transgression;
offense. [R.]

Then my digression is so vile, so base, That it will
live engraven in my face. --Shak.

3. (Anat.) The elongation, or angular distance from the sun;
-- said chiefly of the inferior planets. [R.]

Synonyms: aside, deflection, deflexion, deviation, divagation, divagation, diversion, excursion, excursus, parenthesis

See Also: content, journey, journeying, message, red herring, subject matter, substance, turn, turning

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