digress

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English[edit]

Etymology[edit]

From Latin digressum, past participle of digredi.

Pronunciation[edit]

  • Hyphenation: di‧gress
  • IPA(key): /daɪˈɡɹɛs/, /dɪˈɡɹɛs/
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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.
  2. (intransitive) To turn aside from the right path; to transgress; to offend.
    • 1623, William Shakespeare, The Tragedy of King Richard the Second, Act 5 Scene 3
      Thy overflow of good converts to bad;
      And thy abundant goodness shall excuse
      This deadly blot in thy digressing son.

Usage notes[edit]

Often heard in the set phrase But I digress, where the word behaves as a stative verb, whereas it otherwise patterns as a dynamic verb.

Synonyms[edit]

  • (turn from the course of argument): sidetrack

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