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Interpretation


INTERPRETA'TION, noun [Latin interpretatio.]

1. The act of interpreting; explanation of unintelligible words in language that is intelligible. interpretation is the design of translation.

2. The act of expounding or unfolding what is not understood or not obvious; as the interpretation of dreams and prophecy.

Look how we can, or sad or merrily,

Interpretation will misquote our looks.

3. The sense given by an interpreter; exposition. We sometimes find various interpretations of the same passage of Scripture and other ancient writings.

4. The power of explaining.