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[ sen-sey-shuh-nl ]


  1. producing or designed to produce a startling effect, strong reaction, intense interest, etc., especially by exaggerated, superficial, or lurid elements:

    a sensational novel.

    Synonyms: exciting

    Antonyms: dull, prosaic

  2. extraordinarily good; conspicuously excellent; phenomenal:

    a sensational quarterback.

  3. of or relating to the senses or sensation.


/ sɛnˈseɪʃənəl /


  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

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Derived Forms

  • senˈsationally, adverb

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Other Words From

  • sen·sation·al·ly adverb
  • pseudo·sen·sation·al adjective
  • unsen·sation·al adjective
  • unsen·sation·al·ly adverb

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Word History and Origins

Origin of sensational1

First recorded in 1830–40; sensation + -al 1

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Example Sentences

Magicians like Guimarães — who has been performing stage shows for several years — devised a sensational accompaniment for “The Present,” which ended a 248-show run this month.

Steffen has started League Cup matches, and Horvath, in his first start in more than a year, was sensational in a Champions League appearance last week.

The allure of sensational, emotionally provocative misinformation is well documented.

The marketplace of ideas not only becomes less overwhelming, but it also becomes more fact-based, less sensational and capable of fostering richer dialogues.

From Digiday

There’s a big sensational moment, and things quiet down, but the emails still come in.

From Fortune

It was sexy, silly, and—in those relatively modest times—sensational.

This sensational third novel in her Neapolitan series is a reminder that she is one of the most talented writers working today.

Sensational and often reckless reports in the press threaten the fairness of a trial.

Online, the more sensational prepper sites are publishing Ebola guide after Ebola guide.

Issy only appears in the Dr. Phil episodes in still photos and sensational videos.

Only in the sensational moments of famine, flood or pestilence was a general social effort called forth.

These rascals take good care to be non-sensational in their methods, and what the San Franciscan doesn't see doesn't worry him.

Then you went to the dealers and told them that you had several sensational new artists whose work would bring high prices.

Following these sensational allegations, four men were arrested.

Altogether, it was perhaps the most sensational report that ever appeared even in an American paper.


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