Emerson assumes that the reader is alert and knowing; the paraphraser, that he is a little inattentive and a little dull.
Mrs. Wister is an excellent example of what might more correctly be called a “paraphraser” than a “translator.”
Madame Tastu was also a translator, or rather a paraphraser, and an author of original poems of a sentimental kind.
The paraphraser is now forced to appeal to a public intellectually lower than that he formerly addressed.
c.1600, from paraphrase (n.) or from French paraphraser. Related: Paraphrased; paraphrasing.
A restatement of speech or writing that retains the basic meaning while changing the words. A paraphrase often clarifies the original statement by putting it into words that are more easily understood.