American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, Fourth Edition
- adj. Of, relating to, or having the nature of paraphrase.
Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia
- Having the character of a paraphrase; free, clear, and ample in explanation; explaining or translating in words more clear and ample than those of the original.
- adj. Pertaining to a paraphrase.
GNU Webster's 1913
- adj. Paraphrasing; of the nature of paraphrase; explaining, or translating in words more clear and ample than those of the author; not literal; free.
- adj. altered by paraphrasing
- Medieval Latin paraphrasticus, from Greek paraphrastikos, from paraphrazein, to paraphrase; see paraphrase. (American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, Fourth Edition)
“The same kind of paraphrastic dilution runs through the volume; nor is”
“The Romantic Body is primarily a thematic and paraphrastic book about sex in work by three poets.”
“On our own part, we beg to add, that we understand the style of the translator is more paraphrastic than can be approved by those who are acquainted with the singularly curious original.”
“Mutilated, fragmentary and paraphrastic though the tales were, the glamour of imagination, the marvel of the miracles and the gorgeousness and magnificence of the scenery at once secured an exceptional success; it was a revelation in romance, and the public recognised that it stood in presence of a monumental literary work.”
“I mean also the ability to decode even mildly complex uses of grammar, syntax, and vocabulary and thus to analyze and understand a written text on a paraphrastic, much less a fully "literary," level.”
“What follows is my very rough paraphrase-translation of the French it is only paraphrastic, although a fairly close one; for a closer translation, see Jolley-Scott 210ff.”
“Here, again, Payne is concise and literal, Burton diffuse and gratuitously paraphrastic as appears above and everywhere, and the other remarks which we made when dealing with the Nights proper also apply, except, of course, that in this instance Burton had not”
“It is almost too much when, as from the pulpit, a paraphrastic commentary is prepared for our spiritual improvement.”
“Mr. Sparks found among Franklin's papers the following paraphrastic version:  --”
“Sale is right in not translating it as fighting, but he is too paraphrastic when he translates, "and who have since fought _in defence of the true religion_," as their "Jihád" was only their great exertion and toil in suffering from persecutions.”
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