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blurb

 (blûrb)
n.
A brief testimonial or excerpt of a review, as on a book jacket.

[Coined by Gelett Burgess (1866-1951), American humorist.]

blurb v.

blurb

(blɜːb)
n
a promotional description, as found on the jackets of books
[C20: coined by Gelett Burgess (1866–1951), US humorist and illustrator]

blurb

(blɜrb)
n.
1. a brief advertisement or notice, as on a book jacket, esp. one full of praise.
v.t.
2. to advertise or praise in the manner of a blurb.
[1910–15, Amer.]
blurb′ist, n.
ThesaurusAntonymsRelated WordsSynonymsLegend:
Noun1.blurb - a promotional statement (as found on the dust jackets of books); "the author got all his friends to write blurbs for his book"
promotion, promotional material, publicity, packaging - a message issued in behalf of some product or cause or idea or person or institution; "the packaging of new ideas"
Translations

blurb

[blɜːb] Npropaganda f

blurb

[ˈblɜːrb] n
(for book)texte m de présentation
(= empty talk) (pejorative)baratin m

blurb

nMaterial nt, → Informationen pl; (on book cover) → Klappentext m, → Waschzettel m

blurb

[blɜːb] n (publicity material) → trafiletto pubblicitario; (on book jacket) → note fpl di copertina
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It's telling that many of the blurbs for the book come from noted shareholder activists and ethics arbiters like Robert Monks, Charles Elson and attorneys Ira Millstein and Lucian Bebchuk.
It's a desperate bit of cherry-picking indeed that lunges for glowing blurbs from The Washington Times, whose own editor at large, Arnaud de Borchgrave, has repeatedly slammed the broadcast mouthpiece under headlines like "Few Hurrahs for Al-Hurra.
In the end, as one of the book's blurbs suggests, it is not likely to persuade anyone not already convinced one way or the other--a telling comment on the book's (in)ability to attain its stated purpose.
I was surprised when I could not find a single poetry review in the November-December 2003 issue, except for a few celebratory blurbs in the "Year's Best" section.
Among the sudden ejaculations of blurbs and interviews, I've read only a single thing on Wiley's paintings that bothers to mention an erotic, despite the voguing so flam-boyantly apparent.
The alien enemies' verbal taunts and blurbs also start sounding like an annoying broken record the deeper you get into the game.
Although the cover is appealing and the blurbs intriguing, only hardcore SF fans and X-Files nuts will truly appreciate this.
This newsletter, "The Blurbs," is distributed with month-end payroll and is mailed to all board members, retired board members, retired employees, many managers of telephone companies in Montana, other affiliate associations, and friends along the way.
Mullen: Well, she said that in a blurb on the back of Muse & Drudge, and, of course, the purpose of blurbs is to get people to pick up the book and, maybe, buy the book.
Some dioceses fill airwaves and billboards with blurbs to attract more men to ordained ministry (no females need apply--not yet anyway).