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metaphrase

[ met-uh-freyz ]
/ ˈmɛt əˌfreɪz /
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noun

a literal translation.

verb (used with object), met·a·phrased, met·a·phras·ing.

to translate, especially literally.
to change the phrasing or literary form of.

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Origin of metaphrase

First recorded in 1600–10, metaphrase is from the Greek word metáphrasis a paraphrasing, change of phrasing. See meta-, phrase
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British Dictionary definitions for metaphrase

metaphrase
/ (ˈmɛtəˌfreɪz) /

noun

a literal translationCompare paraphrase

verb (tr)

to alter or manipulate the wording of
to translate literally

Word Origin for metaphrase

C17: from Greek metaphrazein to translate
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