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wander

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Synonyms for digress

to turn away from a prescribed course of action or conduct

to turn aside, especially from the main subject in writing or speaking

Synonyms for digress

lose clarity or turn aside especially from the main subject of attention or course of argument in writing, thinking, or speaking

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wander from a direct or straight course

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Returning from this digression to our main topic, namely, the criticism of "consciousness," we observe that Freud and his followers, though they have demonstrated beyond dispute the immense importance of "unconscious" desires in determining our actions and beliefs, have not attempted the task of telling us what an "unconscious" desire actually is, and have thus invested their doctrine with an air of mystery and mythology which forms a large part of its popular attractiveness.
Darya Alexandrovna noticed that at this point in his explanation he grew confused, and she did not quite understand this digression, but she felt that having once begun to speak of matters near his heart, of which he could not speak to Anna, he was now making a clean breast of everything, and that the question of his pursuits in the country fell into the same category of matters near his heart, as the question of his relations with Anna.
As the publishing this account of my life is for the sake of the just moral of very part of it, and for instruction, caution, warning, and improvement to every reader, so this will not pass, I hope, for an unnecessary digression concerning some people being obliged to disclose the greatest secrets either of their own or other people's affairs.
There is no doubt that the meal, at which the invitation was tendered to me which has occasioned this digression, was disposed of somewhat ravenously; and that the gentlemen thrust the broad- bladed knives and the two-pronged forks further down their throats than I ever saw the same weapons go before, except in the hands of a skilful juggler: but no man sat down until the ladies were seated; or omitted any little act of politeness which could contribute to their comfort.
But I shall not make digression into other men's stories which have no relation to my own; so I return to what concerns our affair in the island.
John Rance appeared to be somewhat irritated at this digression.
This is one of those novels in which digression piles upon digression until the digressions become the thing itself.
These wide-ranging changes to renewables low carbon policy include the implementation of tax for renewables under the CCL; restrictive changes to onshore wind; removal of onshore wind subsidies; Solar PV tariff digressions, removal of grandfathering and pre-accreditation; scrapping of Zero Carbon Homes and the sale of the Green Investment Bank.
The frequent and rather long digressions get in the way of Tsenhor's story, making it, on occasion, disjointed and broken apart.
This year, the publishers continue the experimentation with Two or Three Years Later: Forty-Nine Digressions, a surrealist collection from Ror Wolf.
Wearing a dark suit, white shirt and tie and dark glasses, his answers were often unfocused and full of digressions.
Thus, in spite of the digressions, Airmen can still enjoy Mission to Berlin, whose grim stories of death and suffering will remind them of the sacrifices of those who saw the true face of war.
A Greek physician and philosopher at the Roman court of Marcus Aurelius, Galen of Pergamum (130-200 AD) systematically and comprehensively describes the principles of treating injury and disease, following his own classification, illustrated by case studies, and punctuated by various theoretical and polemical digressions and social comment.
However, his rambling digressions mean nothing is ever described succinctly and plenty of other subjects, including 18th century philosophy, are touched on.
Perry highlights the importance of the passages that interrupt the sequence by calling attention to the way rhetoricians used digressions in their speeches.