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  • adj. of, relating to, or produced using metaphrase

from the GNU version of the Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • adj. Close, or literal.

from The Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia

  • Close or literal in translation.


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  • But such a poor metaphrastic and half-circular exposition of vital force would never answer the necessities of that profounder profundity required for the success of modern scientific treatises.

    Life: Its True Genesis

  • It was reserved to Dryden manfully to claim and vindicate the freedom of a just translation; more limited than paraphrase, but free from the metaphrastic severity exacted from his predecessors.

    The Dramatic Works of John Dryden


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