[ sen-sey-shuh-nl ]
/ sɛnˈseɪ ʃə nl /


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

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British Dictionary definitions for sensationally


/ (sɛnˈseɪʃənəl) /


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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