• IPA: /daɪˈɡɹɛs/, /dɪˈɡɹɛs/

digress (digresses, present participle digressing; 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.
    • Moreover she beginneth to digress in latitude.
    • 1689 (indicated as 1690), [John Locke], chapter 3, in An Essay Concerning Humane Understanding. […], London: […] Thomas Basset, […], OCLC 153628242 ↗:
      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.
  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.
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  • Russian: отступа́ть

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