Definition of digress in English:

digress

Syllabification: di·gress
Pronunciation: /dīˈɡres
 
/

verb

[no object]
Leave the main subject temporarily in speech or writing: I have digressed a little from my original plan
More example sentences
  • However, I am digressing from the main point that I am trying to put across in this letter, which is the attitude of most Namibians when it comes to criticism.
  • I know I digressed from the subject of the article.
  • They loved him even more when he digressed from his prepared speech to intervene in domestic British politics.
Synonyms
deviate, go off on a tangent, get off the subject, get sidetracked, lose the thread, turn aside/away, depart, drift, stray, wander

Origin

early 16th century: from Latin digress- 'stepped away', from the verb digredi, from di- 'aside' + gradi 'to walk'.

Derivatives

digresser

noun
More example sentences
  • As it was not seen as an ethical stand or a virtue, there were few digressers from its path.
  • Plus, I'm a rambler and digresser even if there isn't much to say.
  • He is also a world-champion digresser, sending out long skeins of words, which bend back and dissolve into the previous ones.

digressive

Pronunciation: /-ˈɡresiv/
adjective
More example sentences
  • Each was a long, highly literary, digressive, and polemical account of the failure of the colonists to make good their British patrimony.
  • His characters live untidy lives and often fall into digressive daydreams, so troubled are their souls.
  • In a word, my work is digressive, and it is progressive too, - and at the same time.

digressively

Pronunciation: /-ˈɡresivlē/
adverb
More example sentences
  • Whether digressively or directly, at a walk or at a run, the motion is on the ground and by foot, putting its weight part by part onto the terrain to be covered.
  • During the question-and-answer session that followed, a student asked, digressively, about the music curriculum in British universities.
  • The exposition starts digressively, but the plot accelerates rapidly, with little time to spare for niceties like characterization or atmosphere.

digressiveness

Pronunciation: /-ˈɡresivnis/
noun
More example sentences
  • This sort of digressiveness, the tendency to jump from one hobby-horse to another, is characteristic.
  • The complexity and the digressiveness and the specificity and the resistance to abstraction or generalization, that's the art itself.
  • The dispersed digressiveness of the Web as a medium provides a more inclusive spread of relevant topics, and thus enables a fuller, even more ‘coherent’ presentation of a subject.

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