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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


His campaign relies on catchy sound bites.

Recent Examples on the Web: Noun

Having 10 candidates on stage governed by a stopwatch is an invitation to sound bites and cheap shots. Thomas E. Patterson,, "How our obsession with entertainment has trivialized the presidential primary debates," 4 Sep. 2019 There was a weird energy in watching the members of the House Intelligence and Judiciary Committees, abetted by the whole rhetoric of the ceremony, try to pry a sound bite out of him. Troy Patterson, The New Yorker, "In Search of a “Viral Moment” at the Robert Mueller Hearings," 25 July 2019 Lawmakers hunted for viral sound bites and tried to score political points, but Mr. Mueller consistently refused to accommodate them, returning over and over in a sometimes halting delivery to his damning and voluminous report. Mark Mazzetti, New York Times, "Mueller Warns of Russian Sabotage and Rejects Trump’s ‘Witch Hunt’ Claims," 24 July 2019 Although Williamson may be famed for her wacky sound bites and psychedelic wine-mom aura, her rise indicates a larger truth. Kayla Bartsch, National Review, "Marianne Williamson Offers Priestly Wisdom for a Nation Adrift — Seriously," 12 Aug. 2019 Any discussion needs real thought, not five second sound bites blaming it on this or that. Alan Murray, Fortune, "Readers Respond to Walmart’s Gun Sales: CEO Daily," 9 Aug. 2019 Democrats were hoping Mr Mueller would recount the president’s misdeeds in clear, shareable sound bites that would interest the voting public again after the muted reception of the report. The Economist, "Impeachment looks even less likely now than before Robert Mueller’s testimony," 25 July 2019 Each season one or two contestants are viewed by fans as confrontational or problematic through a mix of carefully constructed editing and their own unfortunate sound bites. De Elizabeth, Glamour, "For The Bachelor Contestants, Is Finding Love and Spon-Con Deals Worth the Trolls?," 9 May 2019 But this halcyon period, before the campaigns become reduced to sound bites, is a great moment for Democratic oratory in the twenty-first century. Walter Shapiro, The New Republic, "On the Oratory Trail in Iowa," 11 June 2019

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1972, in the meaning defined above

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sound bite


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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