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  1. a person who paraphrases.
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Origin of paraphrast

1540–50; < Late Latin paraphrastēs < Greek paraphrastḗs, derivative of paraphrázein to retell in other words, equivalent to para- para-1 + phrad-, base of phrázein to tell, declare + -tēs agent noun suffix, with dt > st
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Historical Examples

  • But Jonathan, he adds, takes on him the liberty of a paraphrast.

    The Messiah in Moses and the Prophets

    Eleazar Lord

  • In short, FitzGerald was more properly a paraphrast than a translator.

  • Musgrave proposes to read προμισθιαν for προμηθιαν: the version above is in accordance with the scholiast and the paraphrast.

  • The word in these two texts, usually translated shoe by the Chaldee paraphrast, in the latter is rendered glove.

  • Except in inserting the prayer and the Benedicite, the paraphrast draws only from the canonical part of the book of Daniel.