Paraphrase Par"a*phrase (p[a^]r"[.a]*fr[=a]z), n. [L. paraphrasis, Gr. para`frasis, from parafra`zein to say the same thing in other words; para` beside + fra`zein to speak: cf. F. paraphrase. See {Para-}, and {Phrase}.] A restatement of a text, passage, or work, expressing the meaning of the original in another form, generally for the sake of its clearer and fuller exposition; a setting forth the signification of a text in other and ampler terms; a free translation or rendering; -- opposed to {metaphrase}. [1913 Webster]

In paraphrase, or translation with latitude, the author's words are not so strictly followed as his sense. --Dryden. [1913 Webster]

Excellent paraphrases of the Psalms of David. --I. Disraeli. [1913 Webster]

His sermons a living paraphrase upon his practice. --Sowth. [1913 Webster]

The Targums are also called the Chaldaic or Aramaic Paraphrases. --Shipley. [1913 Webster]

The Collaborative International Dictionary of English. 2000.


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