Word Origin See more synonyms for metaphrast on Thesaurus.com a person who translates or changes a literary work from one form to another, as prose into verse. Origin of metaphrast 1600–10; Medieval Greek metaphrástēs
one who translates, equivalent to
to translate (see
Related forms met·a·phras·tic, met·a·phras·ti·cal, adjective met·a·phras·ti·cal·ly, adverb
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British Dictionary definitions for metaphrastic a person who metaphrases, esp one who changes the form of a text, as by rendering verse into prose Derived Forms metaphrastic or metaphrastical, adjective metaphrastically, adverb Word Origin
C17: from Medieval Greek
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Word Origin and History for metaphrastic adj.
1778, from Greek
metaphrastikos "paraphrastic," from metaphrasis "paraphrase," from metaphrazein "to paraphrase, translate," from meta- (see meta-) + phrazein "to show, tell" (see phrase (n.)). Related: metaphrastically (1570s).
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