[ UK /sɛnsˈe‍ɪʃənəlˌɪzəm/ ]
[ US /sɛnˈseɪʃənəˌɫɪzəm/ ]
  1. subject matter that is calculated to excite and please vulgar tastes
  2. the journalistic use of subject matter that appeals to vulgar tastes
    the tabloids relied on sensationalism to maintain their circulation
  3. (philosophy) the doctrine that knowledge derives from experience
  4. (philosophy) the ethical doctrine that feeling is the only criterion for what is good
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How To Use sensationalism In A Sentence

  • The mondo format of sensationalism dressed as public information is alive and well.
  • A third conclusion concerns the distinctive blend of science, sexuality, and sensationalism in the story of hysteria.
  • Instead, they settlefor banality, sensationalism and gut prejudice.
  • Industry representatives angrily charge that these and similar true stories are examples of media sensationalism.
  • The culture of the country is increasingly enrolled in the junk cults of celebrity, sensationalism and gossip.
  • Instead, they excel in what might euphemistically be termed "down-market entertainment"—beauty contests, sensationalism, pop stars and their scandals and consumerism. China's Cultural Devolution
  • I guess the temptation to succumb to the sensationalism is just too much for CNN to resist. CNN Poll: Palin's popularity on the rise
  • Not only is the title editorialized, but the whole thing reeks of sensationalism. Rupert Murdoch vows to take all of Newscorp's websites out of Google, abolish fair use, tear heads off of adorable baby animals - Boing Boing
  • I am sorry, Mr. Goldsmith, Civil War was a gratuitous exercise in sensationalism, trying to take silly ideas like Superhero Blockbuster (it is formatted very much like a Bay movie), applying a demagoguery hamfisted, hollywood-liberal demagoguery to it. /Filmcast Ep. 91 - Green Zone (GUEST: Jeff Goldsmith from Creative Screenwriting Magazine) | /Film
  • The media should resist the temptation to quench this thirst for sensationalism but there are some who never stand firm.
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