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sensationalism Syllabification: sen·sa·tion·al·ism
Pronunciation: /senˈsāSHənlˌizəm/

Definition of sensationalism in English:


1(Especially in journalism) the use of exciting or shocking stories or language at the expense of accuracy, in order to provoke public interest or excitement: media sensationalism
More example sentences
  • As has been pointed out, this is really a story of shoddy journalism and sensationalism, not the value of design in society per se.
  • The publishers as well as the journalists of sensationalism have gained fortunes but certainly not honor.
  • Going any deeper into speculation would be journalistic sensationalism.
2 Philosophy another term for phenomenalism.
Example sentences
  • To swear the sensory intermediaries or observation sentences into truthfulness then, one has to capitulate to sensationalism or phenomenalism and forget physicalism.
  • we must not adopt one standpoint, the standpoint of Idealism, or Sensationalism, or Phenomenalism, or any other conception of the world with a name of this kind.



Pronunciation: /senˈsāSHənləst/ /sənˈsāSHənləst/ /senˈsāSHnələst/ /sənˈsāSHnələst/
noun& adjective
Example sentences
  • This was not simply another overblown case of cheap sensationalist tabloid news.
  • Usually tabloids are characterized by their outlandish, sensationalist headlines, at the slightest whim of news.
  • The ‘nip and tuck’ style TV shows may be sensationalist cheap TV, but they do reflect a growing trend.


Pronunciation: /senˌsāSHənlˈistik/
Example sentences
  • Hopefully, this increased level of openness will make reporters think twice about repackaging an out of context quote for the sake of sensationalistic journalism.
  • I suggest that, rather than this being the case, any increase in the fear of crime is more likely to be caused by often exaggerated and sensationalistic reporting in the media.
  • Where the reporter could possibly have come up with this sensationalistic item, I've no idea.

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