Definition of sensationalism in English:



mass noun
  • 1(especially in journalism) the presentation of stories in a way that is intended to provoke public interest or excitement, at the expense of accuracy.

    ‘media sensationalism’
    • ‘But again, in my opinion it's tabloid-style sensationalism to run stories the reporters or editors don't even know have any validity at all.’
    • ‘Hype and sensationalism have robbed news stories of credibility.’
    • ‘A third conclusion concerns the distinctive blend of science, sexuality, and sensationalism in the story of hysteria.’
    • ‘I don't think that we can do much about media sensationalism or the scientific ignorance of many journalists.’
    • ‘Also, in a panic to attract a share of the fractured audience, the conventional media have embraced sensationalism, he writes.’
    • ‘The mondo format of sensationalism dressed as public information is alive and well.’
    • ‘The mummy never existed and the entire tale is a journalistic exercise in bad writing and witless sensationalism, a story that the British Museum is often called upon to deny.’
    • ‘As has been pointed out, this is really a story of shoddy journalism and sensationalism, not the value of design in society per se.’
    • ‘Such references in the discussion are consistent with a pragmatic working document, not for sensationalism or public melodrama.’
    • ‘But catchy headlines are one thing, basing an entire front page story on nothing but sensationalism is quite another.’
    • ‘What gave the story its sensationalism was found to be untrue.’
    • ‘If I wanted I could probably make an argument that journalism and sensationalism are one and the same thing.’
    • ‘Going any deeper into speculation would be journalistic sensationalism.’
    • ‘Instead the journalist seemed more interested in sensationalism.’
    • ‘The publishers as well as the journalists of sensationalism have gained fortunes but certainly not honor.’
    • ‘It just goes to show that there's nothing like a globalized media for sensationalism.’
    • ‘When I first read news of this ecological disaster in a national paper I dismissed it as journalistic sensationalism.’
    • ‘Unfortunately, according to the present dogma health care is not a matter of health, merely a matter of political demagogy and media sensationalism.’
    • ‘Industry representatives angrily charge that these and similar true stories are examples of media sensationalism.’
    • ‘The result is to create sensationalism in the media at the expense of the union and its management.’
    fuss, commotion, stir, show, showiness, display, ostentation, flashiness, publicity, pageantry, splendour, hubbub, brouhaha
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  • 2Philosophy

    another term for phenomenalism
    • ‘we must not adopt one standpoint, the standpoint of Idealism, or Sensationalism, or Phenomenalism, or any other conception of the world with a name of this kind.’
    • ‘To swear the sensory intermediaries or observation sentences into truthfulness then, one has to capitulate to sensationalism or phenomenalism and forget physicalism.’