- 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 sensationalist
Anyway, far be it from me to get on my high horse about sensationalist covers.Tina Brown: Why Kim Kardashian Isn’t ‘Aspirational'
April 1, 2014
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
November 22, 2013
Yes, the tabloids can be tacky, sensationalist, intentionally misleading, and ethically suspect.What You Can Learn From John Edwards and Rielle Hunter
June 27, 2012
Condillac's doctrine is sensationalist, but not materialistic.A History of French Literature
In recognising this fact the sensationalist is right in his turn.Essays Towards a Theory of Knowledge
The sensationalist is bound to affirm that they have the same origin.History of Civilization in England, Vol. 1 of 3
Henry Thomas Buckle
He was a sensationalist, and he had had his hour and could say no more, because of Barode Barouche.Carnac's Folly, Complete
Newman adopts the sensationalist (Lockian) theory of knowledge.Outspoken Essays
William Ralph Inge
- 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 sensationalist
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