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sensational

[sen-sey-shuh-nl] /sɛnˈseɪ ʃə nl/
adjective
1.
producing or designed to produce a startling effect, strong reaction, intense interest, etc., especially by exaggerated, superficial, or lurid elements:
a sensational novel.
2.
extraordinarily good; conspicuously excellent; phenomenal:
a sensational quarterback.
3.
of or relating to the senses or sensation.
Origin of sensational
1830-1840
First recorded in 1830-40; sensation + -al1
Related forms
sensationally, adverb
pseudosensational, adjective
unsensational, adjective
unsensationally, adverb
Synonyms
1. exciting, stimulating.
Antonyms
1. prosaic, dull.
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Examples from the Web for sensational
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  • But there is here a chance for the sensational novelist to hang a tale upon.

  • I was nervous, sensational, and theatrical without intending it.

    My Double Life Sarah Bernhardt
  • Well, that's the problem of this sensational, big selling story.

    The Harbor Ernest Poole
  • It's your own imagination, Edna,—your sudden and sensational imagination.

    The Mystery of Murray Davenport Robert Neilson Stephens
  • Most of the novels and non-scholastic books were of a shoddy, sensational type.

    Cleo The Magnificent

    Louis Zangwill
British Dictionary definitions for sensational

sensational

/sɛnˈseɪʃənəl/
adjective
1.
causing or intended to cause intense feelings, esp of curiosity, horror, etc: sensational disclosures in the press
2.
(informal) extremely good: a sensational skater
3.
of or relating to the faculty of sensation
4.
(philosophy) of or relating to sensationalism
Derived Forms
sensationally, adverb
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Word Origin and History for sensational
adj.

"of or pertaining to sensation or the senses," 1840; "aiming at violently excited effects," 1863, from sensation in its secondary sense. Related: Sensationalistic; sensationalistically.

Online Etymology Dictionary, © 2010 Douglas Harper
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