Definition of paraphrasis in English:


nounPlural paraphrases

  • A rewording of something written or spoken; a paraphrase.

    • ‘Using paraphrasis to heighten the isolation and futility of the venture("those who began this affair"), two Scripture passages are quoted in Latin.’
    • ‘A number of observations serve to emphasize that paraphrasis was an accepted way not only of adding ornamentation to a text, but also of altering it and of making pure inventions.’
    • ‘Such un-English concatenations as 'music-esthetic', 'absolute-musical', and even 'art-religious' could readily be avoided altogether by paraphrasis.’
    • ‘God's Laws are clear, and need no Paraphrasis.’
    • ‘A word may be said to be expounded by paraphrasis.’
    rewording, rephrasing, rewriting, rewrite, restatement, restating, rehash, rendition, rendering, version, interpretation, gloss
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Mid 16th century: Latin, from Greek (see paraphrase).