Definition of sensational in US English:



  • 1(of an event, a person, or a piece of information) causing great public interest and excitement.

    ‘a sensational murder trial’
    • ‘All of which has been in the news this week, following the sensational collapse of the trial involving two Leeds United players.’
    • ‘The acquittal of eight paramilitary officers in a sensational trial in Ivory Coast tops today's segment.’
    • ‘Next hour, the prosecution will begin its rebuttal, meaning the sensational five month trial is winding down.’
    • ‘However, that changes when the suspected murderers become defendants in sensational trials that could bring in big bucks.’
    • ‘Some 49,000 of them clubbed together to bring the government to the High Court in one of the most sensational trials of the year.’
    • ‘Today, more than 25 years later and with his sensational trial underway, it is heavy with irony.’
    • ‘Such sensational murders, although regular occurrences in history, are nonetheless unusual events.’
    • ‘In the wake of a sensational murder case, local newspapers printed lurid headlines and helped increase passions in the city.’
    • ‘Overall, this style of studying sensational murder stories through a case study has a number of advantages.’
    • ‘At her sensational trial, prosecution said the killing was a ‘classic case of a jilted woman wanting revenge’.’
    • ‘For a sensational trial, the penny papers sent reporters to the courtroom every day.’
    • ‘In 1869 he won fame as public prosecutor in the sensational murder trial that convicted Nancy Clem.’
    • ‘In the less sensational murder cases, it's often a different story.’
    • ‘Significantly, that was also the year when he made sensational allegations concerning mass murder of Aborigines by a police patrol.’
    • ‘The Sun newspaper's sub-editors could not have done better, yet it was with her long before her sensational trial, in Portsmouth in 1944.’
    • ‘The arrest of a prosecutor as an accomplice has put a bizarre new twist on a sensational murder case in Nuremberg.’
    • ‘As exploitations of sensational murder trials go, The Staircase is fairly tasteful.’
    • ‘A legal watchdog has thrown out complaints about a leading Yorkshire solicitor made in the wake of the sensational trial of two Leeds United footballers.’
    • ‘Well, you know, I can't think of a more sensational trial or a more sensational case.’
    • ‘Interesting, in that two American women are dead - that's twice as many as in most sensational murder stories.’
    amazing, startling, astonishing, staggering, shocking, appalling, horrifying, scandalous
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    1. 1.1 (of an account or a publication) presenting information in a way that is intended to provoke public interest and excitement, at the expense of accuracy.
      ‘cheap sensational periodicals’
      • ‘I mean, in the media, all the time, the thing that we're most interested in is the most sensational, the most hyperbolic.’
      • ‘While this is a sensational approach, has it been accurate or fair?’
      • ‘Viewers must understand that the cameras are drawn to sensational excess.’
      • ‘Their survey seems to have used dubious and possibly unethical methods to extract potentially sensational information.’
      • ‘Often, while the facts may be correct, the presentation style sitting under a sensational headline will sell more papers but can frighten the public.’
      • ‘I agree that media coverage of the issue too often has been laden with generalizations, hyperbole and sensational images.’
      • ‘This regulation is aimed at preventing the presentation of sensational images to boost media ratings.’
      • ‘When news was presented in a sensational form, it certainly evokes simplistic responses.’
      • ‘The herd amplifies a sensational story, and then it moves on.’
      • ‘The sensational story, he now says, was based on information supplied to him by some French reporters.’
      • ‘The news media have also become more sensational, more prone to scandal and possibly less accurate.’
      • ‘He showers you with quotable quotes and his interviews are peppered with sensational statements.’
      • ‘To rise above the din in a society swamped with information, there is no alternative but to be sensational and dramatic.’
      • ‘It challenges everyone to be accurate and not be sensational but at the same time to cut through the red tape to get to the real meat of the story.’
      overdramatized, dramatic, melodramatic, exaggerated, overripe, sensationalist, sensationalistic, graphic, explicit, unrestrained, lurid
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    2. 1.2informal Very good indeed; very impressive or attractive.
      ‘you look sensational’
      ‘a sensational view’
      • ‘Its location is sensational; water surrounds the house, which has views into arguably the finest seascape in Britain.’
      • ‘His third of the day was a sensational effort, his awesome pace again leaving the Wolves defence trailing on 71 minutes.’
      • ‘He is a very attractive horse that showed sensational abilities at middle distances.’
      • ‘No kitty can resist the lure of this specially formulated combination of sensational delights.’
      • ‘Built in 1891, the hotel offers sensational harbour views, and a seafood and steak menu in the restaurant and bistro.’
      • ‘There were some sensational run-outs and delightful catches.’
      • ‘It was indeed a sensational finish to a thrilling tie.’
      • ‘There is sensational scenery, fabulous wildlife and air of unsurpassed clarity.’
      • ‘Since its launch in 1995 this sensational show has delighted more than 2.5 million people either in the capital or at venues across the UK.’
      • ‘He makes numerous sensational catches because of excellent speed and judgment.’
      • ‘This was an awesome, absolutely sensational defensive effort.’
      • ‘I'm in heaven with all the sensational summer fruits out there.’
      • ‘Dazzling costumes, spectacular sets and sensational choreography make this performance by The Rattonians an evening of glamour and glitz.’
      • ‘It also has three balconies, so most of the rooms have inside/outside space, with sensational views over the city.’
      • ‘The overriding selling point for all juices is that they attain the magical properties of both sensational taste and outstanding health benefits.’
      • ‘Another year, another England prodigy with a sensational one-day entrance and an even more eye-catching hairstyle.’
      • ‘Snappy, sassy, citrusy, and gingery, it's an enchanting white wine, sensational with seafood.’
      • ‘The favorite going in, Monica looked sensational and got tremendous audience response as her reward.’
      • ‘This is a brilliant work, a sensational contemporary art object that seems so easy yet is so conceptually sophisticated.’
      • ‘The Australian champion has had a sensational season and should be among the best sprinters when the Tour gets under way.’
      gorgeous, stunning, wonderful, exquisite, lovely, magnificent, dazzling, amazing, radiant, delightful, charming, enchanting, entrancing, captivating, bewitching
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