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sensational

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adjective sen·sa·tion·al \-shnəl, -shə-nəl\

Simple Definition of sensational

  • : causing very great excitement or interest with shocking details

  • : very excellent or great

  • : very attractive

Full Definition of sensational

  1. 1 :  of or relating to sensation or the senses

  2. 2 :  arousing or tending to arouse (as by lurid details) a quick, intense, and usually superficial interest, curiosity, or emotional reaction <sensational tabloid news>

  3. 3 :  exceedingly or unexpectedly excellent or great <a sensational talent>

sen·sa·tion·al·ly adverb

Examples of sensational

  1. She looked sensational in her new dress.

  2. <the sensational news story caused a stir, but after a few days everyone forgot about it>



1840

First Known Use of sensational

1840

Rhymes with sensational



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