- subject matter, language, or style producing or designed to produce startling or thrilling impressions or to excite and please vulgar taste.
- the use of or interest in this subject matter, language, or style: The cheap tabloids relied on sensationalism to increase their circulation.
- the doctrine that the good is to be judged only by the gratification of the senses.
- the doctrine that all ideas are derived from and are essentially reducible to sensations.
- Psychology. sensationism.
Origin of sensationalism
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Examples from the Web for sensationalism
The history of journalism is filled with hoaxes, sensationalism, and widespread misconceptions.I Blame People Who Blame the Media: Robert McCulloch’s Tone-Deaf Speech
November 25, 2014
One of his kinder letters of recommendation warned that his scholarship was “open to the charge of sensationalism.”Wonder Woman’s Creation Story Is Wilder Than You Could Ever Imagine
November 3, 2014
Fellini had actual press photographers on set to leak tidbits to keep the sensationalism around the film alive.Exposed: Paparazzi vs. the Stars Over the Past 50 Years
February 27, 2014
But she warns against the sensationalism that such studies spark.Can Food Make You Infertile? Foods to Eat and Avoid
December 9, 2011
Stewart's outrage at the sensationalism and superficiality of cable is largely on target.The Day D.C. Went Sane
October 30, 2010
The publishers objected to the title because they saw in it a touch of sensationalism.Understanding the Scriptures
Here, then, is a statement of facts, divested of all emotion or sensationalism.Things as They Are
Locke cannot be truly regarded as the author of sensationalism any more than of idealism.Meno
It must aim at getting a majority on its side, and this it can only do by sensationalism.The New Society
There is, indeed, another side to their sensationalism which should be noticed.Change in the Village
(AKA George Bourne) George Sturt
- the use of sensational language, etc, to arouse an intense emotional response
- such sensational matter itself
- Also called: sensualism philosophy
- the doctrine that knowledge cannot go beyond the analysis of experience
- ethicsthe doctrine that the ability to gratify the senses is the only criterion of goodness
- psychol the theory that all experience and mental life may be explained in terms of sensations and remembered images
- aesthetics the theory of the beauty of sensuality in the arts
Also called (for senses 3, 4): sensationism
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Word Origin and History for sensationalism
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