sensational

adjective sen·sa·tion·al \ sen-ˈsā-shnəl , -shə-nᵊl \
Updated on: 12 Nov 2017

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

sensationally

adverb

Examples of sensational in a Sentence

  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

Recent Examples of sensational from the Web

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First Known Use of sensational

1807


SENSATIONAL Defined for English Language Learners

sensational

adjective

Definition of sensational for English Language Learners

  • : causing very great excitement or interest with shocking details

  • : very excellent or great

  • : very attractive


SENSATIONAL Defined for Kids

sensational

adjective sen·sa·tion·al \ sen-ˈsā-shə-nᵊl \

Definition of sensational for Students

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


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