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sensational Line breaks: sen|sa¦tion¦al
Pronunciation: /sɛnˈseɪʃ(ə)n(ə)l/

Definition of sensational in English:


1Causing great public interest and excitement: a sensational murder trial
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  • In 1869 he won fame as public prosecutor in the sensational murder trial that convicted Nancy Clem.
  • As exploitations of sensational murder trials go, The Staircase is fairly tasteful.
  • In the wake of a sensational murder case, local newspapers printed lurid headlines and helped increase passions in the city.
amazing, startling, astonishing, staggering, shocking, appalling, horrifying, scandalous;
stirring, exciting, thrilling, electrifying;
fascinating, interesting, notable, noteworthy, important, significant, remarkable, momentous, historic, newsworthy
North American informal buzzworthy
1.1Presenting information in a way that is intended to provoke public interest and excitement, at the expense of accuracy: cheap sensational periodicals
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  • When news was presented in a sensational form, it certainly evokes simplistic responses.
  • Their survey seems to have used dubious and possibly unethical methods to extract potentially sensational information.
  • He showers you with quotable quotes and his interviews are peppered with sensational statements.
overdramatized, dramatic, melodramatic, exaggerated, overripe, sensationalist, sensationalistic, graphic, explicit, unrestrained, lurid;
rubbishy, trashy, cheap, tasteless, kitschy, yellow, pulp, garish, full-frontal
informal shock-horror, tacky, juicy
North American informal whiz-bang
2 informal Very good indeed; very impressive or attractive: you look sensational a sensational view
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  • It was indeed a sensational finish to a thrilling tie.
  • He is a very attractive horse that showed sensational abilities at middle distances.
  • Built in 1891, the hotel offers sensational harbour views, and a seafood and steak menu in the restaurant and bistro.
gorgeous, stunning, wonderful, exquisite, lovely, magnificent, dazzling, amazing, radiant, delightful, charming, enchanting, entrancing, captivating, bewitching;
striking, spectacular, remarkable, outstanding, impressive, memorable, unforgettable, unique, arresting, eye-catching;
marvellous, superb, excellent, exceptional, fine, superlative, formidable, first-class, first-rate, virtuoso, skilful, masterful, masterly
informal great, terrific, tremendous, super, smashing, fantastic, stupendous, stellar, fabulous, fab, heavenly, divine, drop-dead gorgeous, knockout, delectable, scrumptious, ace, A1, mean, awesome, amazeballs, magic, bad, wicked, out of this world, unreal, supercalifragilisticexpialidocious
British informal brilliant, brill
North American informal neat, babelicious, bodacious
Australian informal bonzer
British informal , dated wizard, spiffing, ripping, topping, champion, capital, top-hole
North American informal , dated swell, keen
vulgar slang shit-hot



Pronunciation: /sɛnˈseɪʃ(ə)n(ə)li/
Example sentences
  • He sensationally resigned from his parish last weekend in front of 800 politicians during prayers at the opening of Saturday's Ulster Unionist Council meeting.
  • A Banstead man accused of paying to have his mother's lover killed sensationally walked free on Wednesday after the hitman refused to ‘grass’ on him.
  • What it does deliver, though, is extraordinarily attentive service, sensationally good food and a general air of being right in the middle of the world's most glamorous ski town.

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