Part of speech: noun

The act of digressing; a turning aside, as from a subject; deviation; wandering.

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Usage examples "digression":

  1. Manifestly any discussion of the treatment of these psychoses must of necessity touch upon the vastly broader problem of the treatment of the habitual criminal, the recidivist, and therefore a slight digression from the subject at hand will be unavoidable. - "Studies in Forensic Psychiatry", Bernard Glueck.
  2. This is a charge of so serious a nature, that although it lead into a digression, it may not be improper to take some notice of it. - "A Practical View of the Prevailing Religious System of Professed Christians, in the Middle and Higher Classes in this Country, Contrasted with Real Christianity.", William Wilberforce.
  3. That, however, is a digression. - "Marge Askinforit", Barry Pain.