para·​phras·​tic ˌper-ə-ˈfra-stik How to pronounce paraphrastic (audio)
: having the nature of or being a paraphrase
paraphrastically adverb

Word History


French paraphrastique, from Greek paraphrastikos, from paraphrazein

First Known Use

circa 1623, in the meaning defined above

Time Traveler
The first known use of paraphrastic was circa 1623

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Cite this Entry

“Paraphrastic.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 15 Apr. 2024.

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