Definition of paraphrasis in English:


Line breaks: par|aph|ra¦sis
Pronunciation: /pəˈrafrəsɪs


(plural paraphrases /-əsiːz/) rare
  • A rewording of something written or spoken; a paraphrase.
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    • A number of observations serve to emphasize that paraphrasis was an accepted way not only of adding ornamentation to a text, but also of altering it and of making pure inventions.
    • Using paraphrasis to heighten the isolation and futility of the venture("those who began this affair"), two Scripture passages are quoted in Latin.
    • Such un-English concatenations as 'music-esthetic', 'absolute-musical', and even 'art-religious' could readily be avoided altogether by paraphrasis.


mid 16th century: Latin, from Greek (see paraphrase).

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