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verb (used with object), met·a·phrased, met·a·phras·ing.
  1. to translate, especially literally.
  2. to change the phrasing or literary form of.

Origin of metaphrase

First recorded in 1600–10, metaphrase is from the Greek word metáphrasis a paraphrasing, change of phrasing. See meta-, phrase Unabridged Based on the Random House Unabridged Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2018

British Dictionary definitions for metaphrase


  1. a literal translationCompare paraphrase
verb (tr)
  1. to alter or manipulate the wording of
  2. to translate literally

Word Origin for metaphrase

C17: from Greek metaphrazein to translate
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