Definition of digressive in English:



  • Characterized by digression; tending to depart from the subject.

    ‘a digressive account’
    • ‘In a word, my work is digressive, and it is progressive too, - and at the same time.’
    • ‘However, their more spacey and digressive numbers too often recall a basement-jam band.’
    • ‘In his strange digressive and allusive biography of Christ he presents him as the incarnation of the overwhelming mystery of God.’
    • ‘What good prose needs, and all too often lacks, is the syntactic dislocation, the rhythmical shifts that only these digressive devices can offer.’
    • ‘They point to hand-lettered reminiscences in the margins about his digressive rediscovery of the country, which took him from washing dishes in a Sydney hotel to membership of an Aboriginal community near Darwin.’
    • ‘Each was a long, highly literary, digressive, and polemical account of the failure of the colonists to make good their British patrimony.’
    • ‘The above track is marked by a compelling series of track-long drum rolls and fills and a frugal bassline, and is abetted by digressive but nifty keys and fulgent chimes.’
    • ‘It is a digressive process that leaks out intimations of personality and establishes a position for the portrait where it does not remain static but finds a more dialogic approach to psychological portraiture.’
    • ‘There's a whole digressive thread just in that, I think.’
    • ‘But the way typical narratives are set up, there's no room for philosophy, because it's just digressive material.’
    • ‘The narratives vary, however, in the degree to which they are linear and in the extent to which they are digressive or resolved, and in the way events are organised according to the rules of psychological and causal motivation.’
    • ‘As film-making, this final monologue feels slightly clumsy, didactic, even digressive; it certainly dulls the film's effectiveness as satire.’
    • ‘When he's off, he's digressive, roundabout; his stump speeches sit there; his zingers don't zing.’
    • ‘Unfortunately, the result is a digressive book of little practical political use to those able to respond tangibly to famine.’
    • ‘His characters live untidy lives and often fall into digressive daydreams, so troubled are their souls.’
    • ‘Not surprisingly, the result is often uneven and digressive.’
    • ‘Right now he's sitting on my living room couch, taking a haul off a cigarette after a digressive second attempt at explaining what inspired him to do a show about old people, the upcoming Golden Age.’
    • ‘You could end up in a frame of mind, a digressive meditation on the dislocation of people or cultures, or you could end up in prison.’
    • ‘The moment one begins to unpack the box though, to explain the simplest text, where it comes from, where it goes, one begins to see the parenthetic and digressive manner of imbrication of text and context.’
    • ‘Then again, that's a polemical way of describing a work that is essentially digressive in nature, elusive in meaning and more entertaining than it has any right to be.’
    wordy, loquacious, garrulous, talkative, voluble, orotund, expansive, babbling, blathering, prattling, prating, jabbering, gushing, effusive
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