Definition of sensationalize in English:


(British sensationalise)


[with object]
  • (especially of a newspaper) present information about (something) in a sensational way.

    ‘the papers want to sensationalize the tragedy that my family has suffered’
    • ‘Youth crime stories are often sensationalized on the front page of the paper, as in the case of last year's school shootings.’
    • ‘In the current media, there is a lack of choice as war and other sensationalized stories get most of the space in the paper.’
    • ‘Romantic comedies are sensationalized stories of an idealized world, where everyone is always falling in love, but never falling out of love.’
    • ‘Newspapers in England and America sensationalized the story for a fascinated audience.’
    • ‘The station plans to avoid sensationalizing news reports and, by the same opportunity, insert a lot more pleasant happenings into each newscast.’
    • ‘In fact, the next day the press got involved and began sensationalising things with exaggerated reports about how many were involved in the demonstration.’
    • ‘So a month later, the world press catches wind of the story and sensationalizes the hell out of it.’
    • ‘But the salaries of the senior staff are not the most important issue raised in the paper and the way you've covered it sensationalises this one point - how about a link to the full report rather than just the news story?’
    • ‘Are the networks just sensationalizing another tragedy with a female victim?’
    • ‘In the early days, some media latched onto the story and it was sensationalised by those who anchored it to their agenda and preconceptions.’
    • ‘Critics of cameras in court often worry about the way today's TV might sensationalise the law, and claim that the presence of the cameras could only distort, trivialise and change the dynamics of the court.’
    • ‘Martin is pleased that the film has made its way back to his birthplace (it's also scheduled to play New York), especially given the way American media has sensationalized the topic.’
    • ‘Much of recent news coverage is sensationalized like soap operas.’
    • ‘For example, my Grandmother loved to read a certain sensationalized tabloid.’
    • ‘The media coverage is always sensationalized here in the US except for possibly Public Radio.’
    • ‘The mainstream media - whether it is newspapers, television broadcasts, or radio - sensationalises its news stories because news-as-entertainment sells, and the public demands it.’
    • ‘Headlines are bigger, stories are shorter, and events are sensationalised.’
    • ‘The media, she adds, irresponsibly sensationalize instances of purported professional misconduct but seldom discuss the things which lawyers do which are honourable, helpful and integral to society.’
    • ‘We must not sensationalize these kinds of things.’
    • ‘The reality is that some will eagerly solicit the uninformed to support their agenda via the one-note, often sensationalized message of the media.’
    exaggerate, overdo, overstate, overemphasize, overplay, hyperbolize, overstress, magnify, amplify, inflate, catastrophize
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