- a person who translates or changes a literary work from one form to another, as prose into verse.
Origin of metaphrast
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- a person who metaphrases, esp one who changes the form of a text, as by rendering verse into prose
C17: from Medieval Greek metaphrastēs translator
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Word Origin and History for metaphrastic
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