Definition of sensationalism in English:

sensationalism

noun

  • 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’
    • ‘I don't think that we can do much about media sensationalism or the scientific ignorance of many journalists.’
    • ‘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.’
    • ‘As has been pointed out, this is really a story of shoddy journalism and sensationalism, not the value of design in society per se.’
    • ‘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.’
    • ‘Also, in a panic to attract a share of the fractured audience, the conventional media have embraced sensationalism, he writes.’
    • ‘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 catchy headlines are one thing, basing an entire front page story on nothing but sensationalism is quite another.’
    • ‘If I wanted I could probably make an argument that journalism and sensationalism are one and the same thing.’
    • ‘Such references in the discussion are consistent with a pragmatic working document, not for sensationalism or public melodrama.’
    • ‘It just goes to show that there's nothing like a globalized media for sensationalism.’
    • ‘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.’
    • ‘Unfortunately, according to the present dogma health care is not a matter of health, merely a matter of political demagogy and media sensationalism.’
    • ‘Instead the journalist seemed more interested in sensationalism.’
    • ‘Hype and sensationalism have robbed news stories of credibility.’
    • ‘When I first read news of this ecological disaster in a national paper I dismissed it as journalistic sensationalism.’
    • ‘The mondo format of sensationalism dressed as public information is alive and well.’
    • ‘Going any deeper into speculation would be journalistic 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.’

Pronunciation

sensationalism

/senˈsāSHənlˌizəm//sɛnˈseɪʃənlˌɪzəm/