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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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16); Psalm 89:63, 'my clemency', and clementia mea (paraphrasis, interpretatio, v.
Argumentis et Latina Paraphrasi illustrati, ac etiam vario carminum genere latine expressi, which was published in both the Latin version and an English translation by Anthony Gilbie in London in 1580.(1) John Rathmell showed that Sidney's sister, Mary Sidney Herbert, Countess of Pembroke, used Gilbie's translation in composing her part of the metrical psalter, Psalms 44-150.(2) But there is evidence that she also used the Latin version, as a comparison of the two versions with the texts of her Psalms will prove.(3)