sen·​sa·​tion·​al·​ism sen-ˈsā-shnə-ˌli-zəm How to pronounce sensationalism (audio)
: empiricism that limits experience as a source of knowledge to sensation or sense perceptions
: the use or effect of sensational subject matter or treatment
sensationalist adjective or noun
sen-ˌsā-shnə-ˈli-stik How to pronounce sensationalism (audio)

Examples of sensationalism in a Sentence

The network was accused of sensationalism in its reporting.
Recent Examples on the Web Media outlets and public discourse must responsibly report on allegations, avoiding sensationalism and racial stereotypes. Eugene Z. Bertrand, Hartford Courant, 1 July 2024 But this common framing reduces their cultural importance to sensationalism: Look at how kooky our ancestors were! Andrea Kaston Tange, The Conversation, 6 May 2024 This opening outburst is nonetheless no mere flash of sensationalism. Richard Brody, The New Yorker, 18 June 2024 Especially at a time in America in the late ’90s when there was such great scandal and sensationalism and shame around sexuality because of the Clinton scandal. Patrick Gomez,, 16 June 2024 See all Example Sentences for sensationalism 

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Word History

First Known Use

1846, in the meaning defined at sense 1

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The first known use of sensationalism was in 1846

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“Sensationalism.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 15 Jul. 2024.

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