What does sensationalism mean?

Definitions for sensationalismsɛnˈseɪ ʃə nlˌɪz əm

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Princeton's WordNet

  1. sensationalism(noun)

    subject matter that is calculated to excite and please vulgar tastes

  2. sensationalism, luridness(noun)

    the journalistic use of subject matter that appeals to vulgar tastes

    "the tabloids relied on sensationalism to maintain their circulation"

  3. sensualism, sensationalism(noun)

    (philosophy) the ethical doctrine that feeling is the only criterion for what is good

  4. empiricism, empiricist philosophy, sensationalism(noun)

    (philosophy) the doctrine that knowledge derives from experience


  1. sensationalism(Noun)

    The use of sensational subject matter, style or methods, or the sensational subject matter itself; behavior, published materials, or broadcasts that are intentionally controversial, exaggerated, lurid, loud, or attention-grabbing. Especially applied to news media in a pejorative sense that they are reporting in a manner to gain audience or notoriety but at the expense of accuracy and professionalism.

  2. sensationalism(Noun)

    A theory of philosophy that all knowledge is ultimately derived from the senses.

Webster Dictionary

  1. Sensationalism(noun)

    the doctrine held by Condillac, and by some ascribed to Locke, that our ideas originate solely in sensation, and consist of sensations transformed; sensualism; -- opposed to intuitionalism, and rationalism

  2. Sensationalism(noun)

    the practice or methods of sensational writing or speaking; as, the sensationalism of a novel


  1. Sensationalism

    Sensationalism is a type of editorial bias in mass media in which events and topics in news stories and pieces are over-hyped to increase viewership or readership numbers. Sensationalism may include reporting about generally insignificant matters and events that don't influence overall society and biased presentations of newsworthy topics in a sensationalist, trivial or tabloid manner. Some tactics include being deliberately obtuse, appealing to emotions, being controversial, intentionally omitting facts and information, being loud, self-centered and acting to obtain attention. Trivial information and events are sometimes misrepresented and exaggerated as important or significant, and often includes stories about the actions of individuals and small groups of people, the content of which is often insignificant and irrelevant relative to the macro-level day-to-day events that occur globally. Furthermore, the content and subject matter typically doesn't affect the lives of the masses and doesn't affect society, and instead is broadcast and printed to attract viewers and readers. Examples include press coverage about the Bill Clinton/Monica Lewinsky scandal, Casey Anthony Trial, Tonya Harding's role in the attack of Nancy Kerrigan, the Elian Gonzalez affair and the O.J. Simpson murder case.


  1. Chaldean Numerology

    The numerical value of sensationalism in Chaldean Numerology is: 1

  2. Pythagorean Numerology

    The numerical value of sensationalism in Pythagorean Numerology is: 8

Sample Sentences & Example Usage

  1. Wang Xiaolu:

    I shouldn't have sought to make a big splash just for the sake of sensationalism.

  2. Leslee Udwin:

    See the film, there is no sensationalism. It isn’t about giving a platform to the rapists.

  3. Mark Zuckerberg:

    There's too much sensationalism, misinformation and polarization in the world today. Social media enables people to spread information faster than ever before, and if we don't specifically tackle these problems, then we end up amplifying them, that's why it's important that News Feed promotes high quality news that helps build a sense of common ground.

  4. Douglas County Sheriff John Hanlin:

    I will not name the shooter, i will not give him the credit he probably sought prior to this horrific and cowardly act. You will never hear me mention his name. We would encourage media to avoid using it, to not repeat it. We encourage you not to glorify and create sensationalism for him. He in no way deserves this. Focus your attention on the victims, on the families, helping them get through this difficult time.

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