A word-for-word translation.
tr.v. met·a·phrased, met·a·phras·ing, met·a·phras·es
1. To translate, especially literally.
2. To manipulate the wording of (a text), especially as a means of subtly altering the sense.
[New Latin metaphrasis, from Greek, translation, paraphrase, from metaphrazein, to translate : meta-, meta- + phrazein, to tell, show; see gwhren- in Indo-European roots.]
met′a·phras′tic (-frăs′tĭk) adj.
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