sensationalism

noun sen·sa·tion·al·ism \ sen-ˈsā-shnə-ˌli-zəm , -shə-nə-ˌli-zəm \
Updated on: 14 Nov 2017

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

sensationalist

play \sen-ˈsā-shnə-list\ adjective or noun

sensationalistic

play \sen-ˌsā-shnə-ˈli-stik, -shə-nə-ˈlis-tik\ adjective

Examples of sensationalism in a Sentence

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

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First Known Use of sensationalism

1846


SENSATIONALISM Defined for English Language Learners

sensationalism

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Definition of sensationalism for English Language Learners

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


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