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 for digression
From The Collaborative International Dictionary of English v.0.48 :

  Digression \Di*gres"sion\, 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.
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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. --Shak.
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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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From WordNet (r) 3.0 (2006) :

      n 1: a message that departs from the main subject [syn:
           digression, aside, excursus, divagation,
      2: a turning aside (of your course or attention or concern); "a
         diversion from the main highway"; "a digression into
         irrelevant details"; "a deflection from his goal" [syn:
         diversion, deviation, digression, deflection,
         deflexion, divagation]
      3: wandering from the main path of a journey [syn: digression,

From Moby Thesaurus II by Grady Ward, 1.0 :

  109 Moby Thesaurus words for "digression":
     aberrancy, aberration, ambages, apostrophe, aside, bend, bias,
     branching off, bypass, bypath, byway, circling, circuit,
     circuition, circuitousness, circuitry, circularity, circulation,
     circumambience, circumambiency, circumambulation, circumbendibus,
     circumflexion, circumlocution, circummigration, circumnavigation,
     corner, crook, crosswiseness, curve, declination, deflection,
     deflexure, departure, detour, deviance, deviancy, deviating,
     deviation, deviousness, diagonality, digressing, discursion,
     divagation, divarication, divergence, diversion, dogleg, double,
     drift, drifting, episode, errantry, excurse, excursion, excursus,
     exorbitation, gyre, gyring, hairpin, incident, indirection,
     indirectness, meandering, nonconformity, obiter dictum,
     obliqueness, obliquity, orbit, orbiting, parenthesis, pererration,
     rambling, roundabout, roundabout way, roundaboutness, rounding,
     sheer, shift, shifting, shifting course, shifting path, side path,
     side road, sidetrack, skew, skewness, slant, spiral, spiraling,
     squint, straying, sweep, swerve, swerving, swinging, tack,
     transverseness, turn, turning, twist, vagary, variation, veer,
     wandering, warp, wheeling, yaw, zigzag

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