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Definition of sound-bite

 (Entry 1 of 2)

: containing or characterized by sound bites sound-bite politics

sound bite


Definition of sound bite (Entry 2 of 2)

: a brief recorded statement (as by a public figure) broadcast especially on a television news program also : a brief catchy comment or saying

Examples of sound-bite in a Sentence

Noun His campaign relies on catchy sound bites.
Recent Examples on the Web: Noun But the respect and admiration goes beyond mere news conference sound bite; the paeans of praise that flow between them over the course of a season are not, as they are often presented, salvos in some ongoing psychological war. Rory Smith, New York Times, "Stars in a Slog: The Premier League Grind Will Only Get Worse," 9 Nov. 2020 Within minutes, that 24-word sound bite rippled through the blogosphere, triggering a heavy backlash from critics. Connor Letourneau,, "Could Warriors draft the next Dwyane Wade? Anthony Edwards says he could be better," 6 Nov. 2020 As a sound bite from the campaign trail was blown up into the latest target of liberal political outrage on Twitter, a few critics still pushed back against the president even talking about this kind of bribery. Washington Post, "ExxonMobil responds to Trump’s hypothetical bribery call: ‘It never happened’," 20 Oct. 2020 The poster is exactly that, a sound bite, and vernacular to the core. New York Times, "The 25 Most Influential Works of American Protest Art Since World War II," 15 Oct. 2020 But that’s not easy to talk about in a sound bite, and Newsome blames both Democrats and Republicans for a lack of nuance and accountability. Anchorage Daily News, "Summer of protest: Chance for change, but obstacles exposed," 7 Sep. 2020 Unfortunately, these sound bites often feel cursory — small blips in Moe’s overarching narrative. Melissa Broder, New York Times, "The Funny Thing About Depression Is ...," 5 May 2020 Gottlieb is a fast talker who speaks in sound bites, and is drawn to the immediacy and directness of Twitter–another asset during a fast-evolving pandemic. Jamie Ducharme, Time, "'It Tortures Me That I'm Not There Helping.' Former FDA Commissioner Scott Gottlieb on the Fight Against COVID-19," 9 Apr. 2020 Yet Mueller appeared unwilling or unable to offer crisp sound bites that could reshape public opinions. Michael Balsamo, The Denver Post, "In hours of testimony Robert Mueller answers questions from Congress about Russia probe," 24 July 2019

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1972, in the meaning defined above

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“Sound-bite.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 21 Jan. 2021.

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English Language Learners Definition of sound bite

: a short recorded statement that is broadcast on a television or radio news program

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