adjective, yel·low·er, yel·low·est.
- designating or pertaining to an Asian person or Asian peoples.
- designating or pertaining to a person of mixed racial origin, especially of black and white heritage.
- (of a newspaper, book, etc.) featuring articles, pictures, or other content that is sensational, especially morbidly or offensively so: yellow rags; yellow biographies.
- dishonest in editorial comment and the presentation of news, especially in sacrificing truth for sensationalism, as in yellow journalism; yellow press.
verb (used with or without object)
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OTHER WORDS FROM yellowyel·low·ly, adverbyel·low·ness, noun
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British Dictionary definitions for yellow journalism (1 of 2)
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British Dictionary definitions for yellow journalism (2 of 2)
Derived forms of yellowyellowish, adjectiveyellowly, adverbyellowness, nounyellowy, adjective
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Cultural definitions for yellow journalism
Inflammatory, irresponsible reporting by newspapers. The phrase arose during the 1890s, when some American newspapers, particularly those run by William Randolph Hearst, worked to incite hatred of Spain, thereby contributing to the start of the Spanish-American War. Newspapers that practice yellow journalism are called yellow press.