- 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.
OTHER WORDS FROM sensationalismsen·sa·tion·al·ist, noun, adjectivesen·sa·tion·al·is·tic, adjectivenon·sen·sa·tion·al·is·tic, adjective
How to use sensationalism in a sentence
She thinks “that there’s kind of a sensationalism” when people die, which contributed to Peep’s continuously rising star.After the untimely deaths of young rappers, fans are determined to continue their legacy|Ilana Kaplan|December 4, 2020|Washington Post
Researchers say that model is partially responsible for the spread of misinformation and sensationalism online, since shocking or emotionally-charged content is especially good at getting people’s attention.How Social Media Is Shaping Our Fears of — and Response to — the Coronavirus|Alejandro de la Garza|March 16, 2020|Time
Anyway, far be it from me to get on my high horse about sensationalist covers.Tina Brown: Why Kim Kardashian Isn’t ‘Aspirational'|Tina Brown|April 1, 2014|DAILY BEAST
No surprise there, despite the sensationalist media coverage that, perhaps by design, left people wondering, “Will they make it?”A Pilot’s Take on the 747 That Landed at the Wrong Kansas Airport|Patrick Smith|November 22, 2013|DAILY BEAST
Yes, the tabloids can be tacky, sensationalist, intentionally misleading, and ethically suspect.What You Can Learn From John Edwards and Rielle Hunter|Michelle Cottle|June 27, 2012|DAILY BEAST
Telling sensationalist, lurid, even sleazy stories, to me, is fine!
Valentine began, startled out of his invertebrate placidity by a sensationalist more original than himself.Lady Lilith|Stephen McKenna
He is indeed an original thinker and a bold experimenter, but he is not a sensationalist or a seeker for popular applause.Major Prophets of To-Day|Edwin E. Slosson
Ouida beats them all; her latest story is more wicked than those of the modern sensationalist, and better told.A Girl of the Commune|George Alfred Henty
Locke derives it from sense; so do the philosophers of the sensationalist school.
The sensationalist is bound to affirm that they have the same origin.History of Civilization in England, Vol. 1 of 3|Henry Thomas Buckle
British Dictionary definitions for sensationalism
- the doctrine that knowledge cannot go beyond the analysis of experience
- ethics the doctrine that the ability to gratify the senses is the only criterion of goodness