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. Unabridged Based on the Random House Unabridged Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2018

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  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 sensationalize

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

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