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sensationalize

transitive verb sen·sa·tion·al·ize \-ˌlīz\

: to describe or show something in a way that makes it seem more shocking than it really is

sen·sa·tion·al·izedsen·sa·tion·al·iz·ing

Full Definition of SENSATIONALIZE

:  to present in a sensational manner

Examples of SENSATIONALIZE

  1. Journalists should report the news accurately without trying to sensationalize it.

First Known Use of SENSATIONALIZE

1869

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