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  1. a literal translation.
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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.
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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


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

C17: from Greek metaphrazein to translate
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