- 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.
Origin of sensationalism
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
I am all for criticizing the press, and demanding that we get more depth to a story than a sensationalistic headline.I Blame People Who Blame the Media: Robert McCulloch’s Tone-Deaf Speech|Arthur Chu|November 25, 2014|DAILY BEAST
They posted sensationalistic stories online, with headlines like “Brainy Ex-Model Suing Google.”Busting a Cyberstalker: How Carla Franklin Fought Back—and Triumphed|Abigail Pesta|October 12, 2012|DAILY BEAST
They were sensationalistic and vulgar toward DSK, and they were sensationalistic and vulgar toward Anthony Weiner.No Apologies Over DSK|Peter Beinart|July 5, 2011|DAILY BEAST
What seems surprising to me is not her fame but the sensationalistic aspect of it.Christine at the 'Frat House'|Rebecca Dana|October 13, 2010|DAILY BEAST
It tends to put the same emphasis upon the external and sensationalistic aspects of human experience.Preaching and Paganism|Albert Parker Fitch
Even the extreme sensationalistic theory of knowledge which was current derived itself from this conception.
There are at least three serious defects of sensationalistic empiricism as an educational philosophy of knowledge.
(c) A thoroughly false psychology of mental development underlay sensationalistic empiricism.
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