Definition of sensationalism
sensationalistplay \-list\ adjective or noun
sensationalisticplay \-ˌsā-shnə-ˈlis-tik, -shə-nə-ˈlis-tik\ adjective
Examples of sensationalism in a Sentence
The network was accused of sensationalism in its reporting.
Recent Examples of sensationalism from the Web
News media, for example, can agree beforehand on how to deal with rumors and avoid sensationalism and gross generalizations.
Sensationalism was a major part of journalism in the early 20th century, but Thomas helped reshape this.
Contributing to the problem, many in the media and bloggers have evolved from reporters to editorialists and provokers spreading misinformation and sensationalism.
The Herald’s fictional sensationalism reflected the ethical lassitude of the newspaper industry of the late 19th and early 20th centuries.
Yet Princess Diana’s violent death also seemed to whet the media’s appetite for celebrity sensationalism, Ligier.
Now compare the Washington Post to Breitbart: The visual differences are comparable to a broadsheet newspaper and a tabloid, with the latter indulging in more sensationalism—the blood red font, the garish details.
As the White House continues to be hit by a volley of scandals, fired sporadically from within its walls, its occupants are operating in a structure that steadily erodes stability and plays upon sensationalism.
Even Unsolved Mysteries—a long-running network series—maintained a pronounced degree of pulpy sensationalism.
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SENSATIONALISM Defined for English Language Learners
Definition of sensationalism for English Language Learners
: the use of shocking details to cause a lot of excitement or interest
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