Metaphrast definition

mĕtə-frăst
One who renders a text into a different form, as by recasting prose in verse.
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(rare) A person who puts a piece of writing into another literary form, as prose into verse.
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A person who uses metaphrase to re-cast a text in a different form, for example from poetry to prose.

A metaphrast has re-written Ian McEwan's book Atonement as a poem.

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Other Word Forms

Noun

Singular:
metaphrast
Plural:
metaphrasts

Origin of metaphrast

  • Medieval Greek metaphrastēs from Greek metaphrazein to translate metaphrase

    From American Heritage Dictionary of the English Language, 5th Edition