Definition of sensational in English:

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Pronunciation: /senˈsāSH(ə)n(ə)l/


1(Of an event, a person, or a piece of information) causing 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.
shocking, scandalous, appalling;
amazing, startling, astonishing, staggering;
stirring, exciting, thrilling, electrifying, red-hot;
fascinating, interesting, noteworthy, significant, remarkable, momentous, historic, newsworthy
1.1(Of an account or a publication) presenting 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, sensationalist, sensationalistic;
graphic, explicit, lurid
informal juicy
1.2 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, radiant, delightful, charming, enchanting, captivating;
striking, spectacular, remarkable, outstanding, arresting, eye-catching;
marvelous, superb, excellent, fine, first-class
informal great, terrific, tremendous, super, fantastic, fabulous, fab, heavenly, divine, knockout, hot, red-hot, delectable, scrumptious, awesome, magic, wicked, killer, out of this world, smashing, brilliant
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