Definition of sensationalism in English:



  • 1(especially in journalism) the use of exciting or shocking stories or language at the expense of accuracy, in order to provoke public interest or excitement.

    ‘media sensationalism’
    • ‘If I wanted I could probably make an argument that journalism and sensationalism are one and the same thing.’
    • ‘Industry representatives angrily charge that these and similar true stories are examples of media sensationalism.’
    • ‘What gave the story its sensationalism was found to be untrue.’
    • ‘The result is to create sensationalism in the media at the expense of the union and its management.’
    • ‘Such references in the discussion are consistent with a pragmatic working document, not for sensationalism or public melodrama.’
    • ‘Instead the journalist seemed more interested in sensationalism.’
    • ‘Hype and sensationalism have robbed news stories of credibility.’
    • ‘The mondo format of sensationalism dressed as public information is alive and well.’
    • ‘When I first read news of this ecological disaster in a national paper I dismissed it as journalistic sensationalism.’
    • ‘But catchy headlines are one thing, basing an entire front page story on nothing but sensationalism is quite another.’
    • ‘The publishers as well as the journalists of sensationalism have gained fortunes but certainly not honor.’
    • ‘A third conclusion concerns the distinctive blend of science, sexuality, and sensationalism in the story of hysteria.’
    • ‘Unfortunately, according to the present dogma health care is not a matter of health, merely a matter of political demagogy and media sensationalism.’
    • ‘Going any deeper into speculation would be journalistic sensationalism.’
    • ‘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.’
    • ‘As has been pointed out, this is really a story of shoddy journalism and sensationalism, not the value of design in society per se.’
    • ‘It just goes to show that there's nothing like a globalized media for sensationalism.’
    • ‘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.’
    • ‘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.’
    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.’