Di*gress" (?), v. i. [imp. & p. p. Digressed (?); p. pr. & vb. n. Digressing.] [L. digressus, p. p. of digredi to go apart, to deviate; di- = dis- + gradi to step, walk. See Grade.]

1.

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. Holland.

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. Locke.

2.

To turn aside from the right path; to transgress; to offend.

[R.]

Thy abundant goodness shall excuse This deadly blot on thy digressing son. Shak.

 

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Di*gress", n.

Digression.

[Obs.]

Fuller.

 

© Webster 1913.

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