- producing or designed to produce a startling effect, strong reaction, intense interest, etc., especially by exaggerated, superficial, or lurid elements: a sensational novel.
- extraordinarily good; conspicuously excellent; phenomenal: a sensational quarterback.
- of or relating to the senses or sensation.
Origin of sensational
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Examples from the Web for sensational
This sensational third novel in her Neapolitan series is a reminder that she is one of the most talented writers working today.The Best Fiction of 2014: Ford, Ferrante, Klay, and More
December 7, 2014
Sensational and often reckless reports in the press threaten the fairness of a trial.The Myth of the Central Park Five
October 19, 2014
Issy only appears in the Dr. Phil episodes in still photos and sensational videos.The Mommy Blogger Who Tried to Kill Her Autistic Daughter Talks to Dr. Phil
October 1, 2014
The resulting affair mixed the doctrinal with the sensational: It was part Jonathan Edwards, part Nancy Grace.The Scopes Monkey Trial 2.0: It’s Not About the Stupid Science-Deniers
July 21, 2014
The coverage was also more likely to detail the specific suicide method, and was classified as “sensational” or tabloid-like.Teen Copycat Suicides Are A Real Phenomenon
May 1, 2014
But there is here a chance for the sensational novelist to hang a tale upon.Heroes of the Telegraph
I was nervous, sensational, and theatrical without intending it.My Double Life
Well, that's the problem of this sensational, big selling story.The Harbor
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</p>
- causing or intended to cause intense feelings, esp of curiosity, horror, etcsensational disclosures in the press
- informal extremely gooda sensational skater
- of or relating to the faculty of sensation
- philosophy of or relating to sensationalism
Word Origin and History for sensational
"of or pertaining to sensation or the senses," 1840; "aiming at violently excited effects," 1863, from sensation in its secondary sense. Related: Sensationalistic; sensationalistically.