(?), n. [L. digressio: cf. F. digression.] 1. The act of digressing or deviating, esp. from the main subject of a discourse; hence, a part of a discourse deviating from its main design or subject.
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The digressions I can not excuse otherwise, than by the confidence that no man will read them.
Sir W. Temple.
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2. A turning aside from the right path; transgression; offense. [R.]
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Then my digression is so vile, so base,
That it will live engraven in my face.
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3. (Anat.) The elongation, or angular distance from the sun; -- said chiefly of the inferior planets. [R.]
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