sen·​sa·​tion·​al | \ sen-ˈsā-shnəl How to pronounce sensational (audio) , -shə-nᵊl \

Definition of sensational

1 : of or relating to sensation or the senses
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 : exceedingly or unexpectedly excellent or great a sensational talent

Other Words from sensational

sensationally adverb

Examples of sensational in a Sentence

She looked sensational in her new dress. the sensational news story caused a stir, but after a few days everyone forgot about it
Recent Examples on the Web On a clear day, the views are sensational, stretching all the way to Scotland. Joe Minihane, CNN, 14 July 2022 And those harmonies when everything drops out except the drummer playing hi-hat are sensational. Ed Masley, The Arizona Republic, 11 July 2022 The trial was sensational, widely reported and satirized in cartoons. Joanna Scutts, WSJ, 28 Apr. 2022 The Panthers' defense was sensational, giving up one first down in the game's final 30 minutes, and again forced a punt. Tony Garcia, Detroit Free Press, 17 Apr. 2022 Following the award-winning first season of The Dropout, which chronicled the unbelievable rise and fall of Elizabeth Holmes, the same team tackled the sensational and long-awaited trial of Holmes for season two. ABC News, 10 Feb. 2022 The paper issued a front-page apology in 1998, after its sensational and unethical coverage of a murder-suicide involving two young children and an philandering husband. Rachel Cheung, The Atlantic, 24 June 2021 The case was sensational and the crime was never solved. Los Angeles Times, 20 June 2022 Stephen Curry was sensational with 43 points and 10 rebounds to lead the Warriors to the win. Tim Bielik, cleveland, 13 June 2022 See More

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First Known Use of sensational

1807, in the meaning defined at sense 1

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“Sensational.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 9 Aug. 2022.

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sen·​sa·​tion·​al | \ sen-ˈsā-shə-nᵊl How to pronounce sensational (audio) \

Kids Definition of sensational

1 : causing or meant to cause great interest a sensational crime
2 : very or unexpectedly excellent

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