Definition of metaphrase in English:


Syllabification: met·a·phrase
Pronunciation: /ˈmetəˌfrāz


  • A literal, word-for-word translation, as opposed to a paraphrase.
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    • In this workshop it will be suggested that both specific and circumstantial evidence point to a particular time when these translations, or metaphrases, were made and why.
    • The contents of the second included copies of three of the Countess's psalm metaphrases, and, in all probability, a copy of her translation of Petrarch's Trionfo della Morte.
    • John Dryden prescribed paraphrase, but later advocated a point between paraphrase and metaphrase.


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  • Alter the phrasing or language of.
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    • In simple terms, Ninjutsu and Kendo can be metaphrased as strategic fighting and use of brute force.
    • We work on dividing the text up into brief, meaningful chunks and metaphrasing the chunks as a unit.
    • There is much to be learned before one becomes a poet: revision, metaphrasing, word-weaving, compression.



Pronunciation: /ˌmetəˈfrastik/
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  • By this maneuver, the mind is protected from clutter-mind and body, separated out, are actually coerced into a negatively metaphrastic liaison.
  • Very meager information about his life is preserved in a metaphrastic work: ‘The Martyrdom of Basil of Ancyra’.
  • Maria has prepared literal (metaphrastic) versions of many Hungarian poets over the years.


early 17th century (denoting a metrical translation): from Greek metaphrazein, literally 'word differently'.

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