sensationalism 1846, in philosophy; 1865, of journalism, from SENSATIONAL (Cf. sensational) + -ISM (Cf. -ism).

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  • Sensationalism — is a manner of being extremely controversial, loud, or attention grabbing. It is especially applied to the emphasis of the unusual or atypical. It is also a form of theatre. The term is commonly used in reference to the media. Critics of media… …   Wikipedia

  • Sensationalism — Sen*sa tion*al*ism, n. 1. (Metaph.) The doctrine held by Condillac, and by some ascribed to Locke, that our ideas originate solely in sensation, and consist of sensations transformed; sensualism; opposed to {intuitionalism}, and {rationalism}.… …   The Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • sensationalism — index exaggeration Burton s Legal Thesaurus. William C. Burton. 2006 …   Law dictionary

  • sensationalism — [n] exaggeration aggrandizement, boasting, excess, fabrication, fish story*, hype, hyperbole, overemphasis, puffery, tabloid journalism, tall story*, whopper*, yellow journalism*; concepts 63,278,663 …   New thesaurus

  • sensationalism — ► NOUN ▪ (in the media) the use of exciting or shocking stories or language at the expense of accuracy, in order to provoke public interest or excitement. DERIVATIVES sensationalist noun & adjective sensationalistic adjective …   English terms dictionary

  • sensationalism — [sen sā′shənə liz΄əm] n. 1. a) the use of strongly emotional subject matter, or wildly dramatic style, language, or artistic expression, that is intended to shock, startle, thrill, excite, etc. b) preoccupation with or exploitation of what is… …   English World dictionary

  • sensationalism — sensationalist, n., adj. sensationalistic, adj. /sen say sheuh nl iz euhm/, n. 1. subject matter, language, or style producing or designed to produce startling or thrilling impressions or to excite and please vulgar taste. 2. the use of or… …   Universalium

  • sensationalism — [[t]sense͟ɪʃənəlɪzəm[/t]] N UNCOUNT (disapproval) Sensationalism is the presenting of facts or stories in a way that is intended to produce strong feelings of shock, anger, or excitement. The report criticises the newspaper for errors and… …   English dictionary

  • Sensationalism — Artistic trend Sensationalism, or Shock Art, appeared in embryo form as an alienated mutation of body art, in the first performances by Zhang Huan held at the Yuanming Yuan artist community since 1993. Zhang used his own body to inflict and… …   Encyclopedia of Contemporary Chinese Culture

  • sensationalism — noun Date: 1846 1. empiricism that limits experience as a source of knowledge to sensation or sense perceptions 2. the use or effect of sensational subject matter or treatment • sensationalist adjective or noun • sensationalistic adjective …   New Collegiate Dictionary

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