Definition of metaphrase in English:
A literal, word-for-word translation, as opposed to a paraphrase.
- 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.
- 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.
- Example sentences
- 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'.
Definition of metaphrase in:
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