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sensationalize

[sen-sey-shuh-nl-ahyz]
verb (used with object), sen·sa·tion·al·ized, sen·sa·tion·al·iz·ing.
  1. to make sensational.
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Also especially British, sen·sa·tion·al·ise.

Origin of sensationalize

First recorded in 1850–55; sensational + -ize
Related formsde·sen·sa·tion·al·ize, verb (used with object), de·sen·sa·tion·al·ized, de·sen·sa·tion·al·iz·ing.
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British Dictionary definitions for sensationalise

sensationalize

sensationalise

verb
  1. (tr) to cause (events, esp in newspaper reports) to seem more vivid, shocking, etc, than they really are
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Word Origin and History for sensationalise

sensationalize

v.

1863, from sensational + -ize. Originally of audiences as well as topics. Related: Sensationalized; sensationalizing.

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