digress

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English[edit]

Etymology[edit]

From Latin digressum, past participle of digredi.

Pronunciation[edit]

  • Hyphenation: di‧gress
  • IPA(key): /daɪˈɡɹɛs/
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  • Rhymes: -ɛs

Verb[edit]

digress (third-person singular simple present digresses, present participle digressing, simple past and past participle digressed)

  1. (intransitive) To step or turn aside; to deviate; to swerve; especially, to turn aside from the main subject of attention, or course of argument, in writing or speaking.
    • Holland
      Moreover she beginneth to digress in latitude.
    • John Locke
      In the pursuit of an argument there is hardly room to digress into a particular definition as often as a man varies the signification of any term.
    • 1959, Tom Lehrer, “In Old Mexico” (song): 
      [] For I hadn't had so much fun since the day / my brother's dog Rover / got run over. / (Rover was killed by a Pontiac. And it was done with such grace and artistry that the witnesses awarded the driver both ears and the tail – but I digress.)
  2. (intransitive) To turn aside from the right path; to transgress; to offend.
    • Shakespeare
      Thy abundant goodness shall excuse / This deadly blot on thy digressing son.

Synonyms[edit]

  • (turn from the course of argument): sidetrack

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