- Sensationalism is the act of foregoing accuracy or dignity in order to capture headlines or public attention.
An example of sensationalism is a magazine that follows celebrities around and often exaggerates or makes up stories about those celebrities to sell papers.
sensationalism definition by Webster's New World
- the use of strongly emotional subject matter, or wildly dramatic style, language, or artistic expression, that is intended to shock, startle, thrill, excite, etc.
- preoccupation with or exploitation of what is sensational in literature, art, etc.
- Philos. the belief that all knowledge is acquired through the use of the senses
sensationalism definition by American Heritage Dictionary
- a. The use of sensational matter or methods, especially in writing, journalism, or politics.b. Sensational subject matter.c. Interest in or the effect of such subject matter.
- Philosophy The theory that sensation is the only source of knowledge.
- The ethical doctrine that feeling is the only criterion of good.
- sen·saˈtion·al·ist noun
- sen·saˌtion·al·isˈtic adjective