producing or designed to produce a startling effect, strong reaction, intense interest, etc., especially by exaggerated, superficial, or lurid elements: a sensational novel.
extraordinarily good; conspicuously excellent; phenomenal: a sensational quarterback.
of or relating to the senses or sensation.

Origin of sensational

First recorded in 1830–40; sensation + -al1
Related formssen·sa·tion·al·ly, adverbpseu·do·sen·sa·tion·al, adjectiveun·sen·sa·tion·al, adjectiveun·sen·sa·tion·al·ly, adverb

Synonyms for sensational

1. exciting, stimulating.

Antonyms for sensational Unabridged Based on the Random House Unabridged Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2019

Examples from the Web for sensationally

Contemporary Examples of sensationally

Historical Examples of sensationally

  • Added to that, there was my sensationally successful career.

    Inside John Barth

    William W. Stuart

  • All at once, almost anything I undertook to do was sensationally successful.

    Inside John Barth

    William W. Stuart

  • "It concerns the most sacred emotions of my heart, mademoiselle," he said, sensationally.

    Vera Nevill

    Mrs. H. Lovett Cameron

  • We are sensationally informed that General Fitzfizzle told his officers to retire to a safe place if they were afraid.

  • Any poetry that is marked by violence, that is conspicuous in color, that is sensationally odd, makes an immediate appeal.

British Dictionary definitions for sensationally



causing or intended to cause intense feelings, esp of curiosity, horror, etcsensational disclosures in the press
informal extremely gooda sensational skater
of or relating to the faculty of sensation
philosophy of or relating to sensationalism
Derived Formssensationally, adverb
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Word Origin and History for sensationally



"of or pertaining to sensation or the senses," 1840; "aiming at violently excited effects," 1863, from sensation in its secondary sense. Related: Sensationalistic; sensationalistically.

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