Definition of paraphrast in English:

paraphrast

noun

  • A person who paraphrases or makes a paraphrase; = "paraphraser".

Origin

Mid 16th century; earliest use found in John Olde (d. 1557), translator and religious controversialist. From Byzantine Greek παραϕραστής from Hellenistic Greek παραϕράζειν to paraphrase + -της, suffix forming agent nouns. Compare Middle French, French paraphraste.

Pronunciation

paraphrast

/ˈparəfrast/