Met"a*phrase (?), n. [Gr. meta`frasis, from metafrazein to paraphrase; meta` beyond, over + fra`zein to speak: cf. F. m'etaphrase.]

1.

A verbal translation; a version or translation from one language into another, word for word; -- opposed to paraphrase.

Dryden.

2.

An answering phrase; repartee.

Mrs. Browning.

 

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