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Definition of Interpretation


  1. The act of interpreting; explanation of what is obscure; translation; version; construction; as, the interpretation of a foreign language, of a dream, or of an enigma.
  2. The sense given by an interpreter; exposition or explanation given; meaning; as, commentators give various interpretations of the same passage of Scripture.
  3. The power or explaining.
  4. An artist's way of expressing his thought or embodying his conception of nature.
  5. The act or process of applying general principles or formulae to the explanation of the results obtained in special cases.

Interpretation Quotations

All things are subject to interpretation whichever interpretation prevails at a given time is a function of power and not truth.
Friedrich Nietzsche

There are no moral phenomena at all, but only a moral interpretation of phenomena.
Friedrich Nietzsche

Necessity is not an established fact, but an interpretation.
Friedrich Nietzsche

The interpretation of dreams is the royal road to a knowledge of the unconscious activities of the mind.
Sigmund Freud

I do not have much patience with a thing of beauty that must be explained to be understood. If it does need additional interpretation by someone other than the creator, then I question whether it has fulfilled its purpose.
Charlie Chaplin
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Interpretation Translations

interpretation in Afrikaans is vertolking
interpretation in Dutch is interpretatie, vertolking, uitlegging
interpretation in German is Ausdeutung {f}, Interpretierung {f}
interpretation in Norwegian is tolkning, fortolkning

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