digression digression  /daɪ ˈɡrɛ ʃən/


  1. (n) a message that departs from the main subject
  2. (n) a turning aside (of your course or attention or concern)
  3. (n) wandering from the main path of a journey


  1. The only such FBI incident of meddling in political affairs cited in the Eisenhower years, this was no more than an un solicited digression by Hoover.
  2. First, in a digression on a digression, a tangent to these tangents, I extend thanks on behalf of the family to Tom Brady and Drew Bledsoe.
  3. The teacher orders the students to yell out the word digression! whenever a speech loses focus or direction.


  1. Why did John Roberts rule for sex workers?

    Hint: His seemingly progressive digression belies a long game that could thwart major liberal goals        
    on June 21, 2013     Source: Salon.com

  2. Would you pay $50 for 'World War Z'?

    (But first, a brief digression: Last night, I attended a screaming, er, screening of “Monsters University.” It was, as you might imagine for a Pixar movie, packed with kids, and the kiddie radio station sponsoring the screening had some, um, entertaining ideas. “At the count of thr
    on June 18, 2013     Source: Seattle Times


  1. "Even though it's a very long book, I don't think the amount of story is considerably more than any other book," Goldenberg says. "There's a lot of wonderful digression and wonderful details and side journeys, but when you boil it down to the...
    on Jul 11, 2007 By: Michael Goldenberg Source: Montreal Gazette (subscription)

  2. As he has written elsewhere, Yagoda believes "that the world and language are multifarious, knotty, and illuminated by digression."
    on Feb 11, 2007 By: Ben Yagoda Source: The News Journal

  3. "Here, a short digression is necessary", says Hugo in the antepenultimate, 358th chapter.
    on Sep 24, 2008 By: Victor Hugo Source: Times Online

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