- having the nature of a paraphrase.
Origin of paraphrastic
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Examples from the Web for paraphrastic
It is elegant and faithful, but somewhat formal and paraphrastic.The Genius of Scotland</p>
The Latin was sufficiently correct, but the version was paraphrastic, which I observed.Shelley at Oxford
Thomas Jefferson Hogg
The following paragraphs contain an abbreviated and paraphrastic translation of the preface.
Warburton, to evade Voltaire's criticism, put a strained and paraphrastic interpretation upon Pope's lines.The Works of Alexander Pope, Volume 2 (of 10)
The same kind of paraphrastic dilution runs through the volume; nor is Mr. Muirhead wholly to blame.The Book-Collector
William Carew Hazlitt
Word Origin and History for paraphrastic
from Medieval Latin paraphrasticus, from Greek paraphrastikos, from paraphrastes "one who paraphrases," from paraphrazein (see paraphrase (n.)). Related: Paraphrastical (1540s).
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