sensationalism


sen·sa·tion·al·ism

noun \-shnə-ˌli-zəm, -shə-nə-ˌli-zəm\

: the use of shocking details to cause a lot of excitement or interest

Full Definition of SENSATIONALISM

1
:  empiricism that limits experience as a source of knowledge to sensation or sense perceptions
2
:  the use or effect of sensational subject matter or treatment
sen·sa·tion·al·ist \-list\ adjective or noun
sen·sa·tion·al·is·tic \-ˌsā-shnə-ˈlis-tik, -shə-nə-ˈlis-tik\ adjective

Examples of SENSATIONALISM

  1. The network was accused of sensationalism in its reporting.

First Known Use of SENSATIONALISM

1846

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