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sensationalism

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noun sen·sa·tion·al·ism \-shnə-ˌli-zəm, -shə-nə-ˌli-zəm\

Simple Definition of sensationalism

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

Source: Merriam-Webster's Learner's Dictionary

Full Definition of sensationalism

  1. 1 :  empiricism that limits experience as a source of knowledge to sensation or sense perceptions

  2. 2 :  the use or effect of sensational subject matter or treatment

sensationalist play \-list\ adjective or noun
sensationalistic play \-ˌsā-shnə-ˈlis-tik, -shə-nə-ˈlis-tik\ adjective

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