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.

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  • Sensationalist — Sen*sa tion*al*ist, n. 1. (Metaph.) An advocate of, or believer in, philosophical sensationalism. [1913 Webster] 2. One who practices sensational writing or speaking. [1913 Webster] …   The Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • sensationalist — 1847 in philosophy; 1868 of writers; from SENSATIONAL (Cf. sensational) + IST (Cf. ist). Related: Sensationalistic …   Etymology dictionary

  • sensationalist — [[t]sense͟ɪʃənəlɪst[/t]] ADJ GRADED (disapproval) Sensationalist news reports and television and radio programmes present the facts in a way that makes them seem worse or more shocking than they really are. ...sensationalist headlines... The… …   English dictionary

  • sensationalist — 1. adjective Sensationalistic; tending to sensationalize; characterized by sensationalism (the use of exaggerated or lurid material in order to gain public attention). It was a sensationalist newspaper, even by tabloid standards. 2 …   Wiktionary

  • sensationalist — adjective or noun see sensationalism …   New Collegiate Dictionary

  • sensationalist — See sensationalism. * * * …   Universalium

  • sensationalist — sensationalism …   Philosophy dictionary

  • sensationalist — n. one who excites interest, one who causes a scandal …   English contemporary dictionary

  • sensationalist — sen·sa·tion·al·ist …   English syllables

  • sensationalist — See: sensationalism …   English dictionary

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