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[met-uh-frast] /ˈmɛt əˌfræst/

a person who translates or changes a literary work from one form to another, as prose into verse.
a person who metaphrases, esp one who changes the form of a text, as by rendering verse into prose

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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