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English Dictionary: digression by the DICT Development Group
2 results for digression
From WordNet (r) 3.0 (2006) [wn]:
digression
n
  1. a message that departs from the main subject [syn: digression, aside, excursus, divagation, parenthesis]
  2. 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"
    Synonym(s): diversion, deviation, digression, deflection, deflexion, divagation
  3. wandering from the main path of a journey
    Synonym(s): digression, excursion
From Webster's Revised Unabridged Dictionary (1913) [web1913]:
   Digression \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.
                                                                              Temple.
  
      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.]
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