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1. an expression of a statement or text in other words, esp in order to clarify
2. the practice of making paraphrases
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(1) In literature, the retelling of a literary work in one’s own words; also, an abridged exposition, or adaptation, of a long literary work, such as a children’s edition of Cervantes’ Don Quixote or Defoe’s Robinson Crusoe. The term was also used to designate the rendering of a prose text into verse. An example is Three Paraphrased Odes (1743, published 1744), three versified renderings of the 143rd Psalm by V. K. Tredia-kovskii, M. V. Lomonosov, and A. P. Sumarokov. The aim of this work was to ascertain which verse meter was most appropriate for the high style. Some linguists consider paraphrase a synonym for periphrasis.

(2) In music, a term widely used in the 19th century for a virtuoso instrumental fantasia, usually for piano, based on themes from such sources as popular songs and operatic arias. These themes often undergo considerable change. Most paraphrases are classed with light music. A number of masterly paraphrases were composed by F. Liszt, such as those based on themes from Verdi’s opera Rigoletto and on the polka from Tchaikovsky’s opera Eugene Onegin.

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These reformulations were usually semantic paraphrases and less often repetition among 10- and 14-year-olds, while they were usually explicative paraphrase (e.g.
In the paraphrase of the letters to the Corinthians, for example, Erasmus returns to a theme familiar from his other writings, that discord is an evil arising from the passions that must be purified through faith and love, and to a subject that had also concerned him in his Encomium on Marriage (1518), that celibacy is praiseworthy but is only for those strong enough to endure in it.
In addition to the paraphrases, arguments, and dedications, the volume has a number of other features that should prove helpful to the careful reader.
The MSR Paraphrase corpus, our experimental data set, contains both types of sentential paraphrases, i.e.
The third section is concerned with the paraphrases of the Psalms.
The structure of the book envisages a uniform treatment of the material in all chapters: a summary of Aristotle's text, followed by an account of various Greek commentaries, followed by Arabic versions of Meteorology by Ibn al-Bitriq and Hunayn ibn Ishaq and an Arabic version of the paraphrase by Pseudo-Olympiodorus.
For one familiar with Californian architectural scholarship, it was irritating to recognize, all too frequently, well-worn wordings or close paraphrases of one's own writing, and to see folklore embodied in the text: Craig Ellwood, for example, never worked for Soriano, Wagener discovered Raphael Soriano ten years after I did, but by then, sadly, Soriano was dead.
Accordingly, one of the groups used in the experiment (henceforth Group B) performed the reading comprehension task (paraphrasing the underlined fragment), availed themselves of the dictionary, and then entered corrections to paraphrases in the space provided.
After I take the class through the E-Prime exercises, I warn them that only the E-primed paraphrases will qualify for a higher grade.
The first half of this twenty-volume work paraphrases scripture, and Feldman's volume aims to illuminate the aims and procedures of that paraphrase.
It was through Erasmus's Greek New Testament, his paraphrases of Matthew and Acts, and his Annotations, introduced to them initially by Zwingli in Zurich.
The Paraphrases on the New Testament constitute the practical, pastoral application of Erasmus's scholarship in the service of promoting piety.