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Sensationalism   /sɛnsˈeɪʃənəlˌɪzəm/   Listen

Subject matter that is calculated to excite and please vulgar tastes.
The journalistic use of subject matter that appeals to vulgar tastes.  Synonym: luridness.
(philosophy) the ethical doctrine that feeling is the only criterion for what is good.  Synonym: sensualism.
(philosophy) the doctrine that knowledge derives from experience.  Synonyms: empiricism, empiricist philosophy.

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"Sensationalism" Quotes from Famous Books

... him as an "American" humorist. Even so, he is perhaps our most representative writer in this field; for he is as thoroughly American as a man can be, and his rare culture and kindness are in refreshing contrast to the crude horseplay or sensationalism that is unfortunately trumpeted abroad as New ...
— Outlines of English and American Literature • William J. Long

... artificial stimulation, for something that will for a moment divert his wearied thought from his hopeless situation. The Church offers him little that is tangible this side of the grave. But whiskey, drugs, and yellow journalism do. Can't you see, Mr. Hitt—can't you, Ned—that the world's cry for sensationalism is but a cry for something that will make it forget its misery for a brief moment? The average man feels the superficiality of the high speed of this century of mad rush; he longs as never before for a foundation of truth upon which to rest; he is tired ...
— Carmen Ariza • Charles Francis Stocking

... reaching people through those usual conduits of press and pulpit, by which the products of philosophic thought are conveyed to unphilosophic minds. As naturally in France, hostility to all those influences which were believed to have brought about the Revolution, to sensationalism in metaphysics, to atheism in what should have been theology, to the notion of sovereignty of peoples in politics, inevitably sought a rallying-point in a renewed allegiance to that prodigious spiritual system which had fostered the germs of order and ...
— Critical Miscellanies (Vol. 2 of 3) - Essay 4: Joseph de Maistre • John Morley

... feel that a lifetime spent with this fascinating family were all too short. The brothers, glowing with amiability, were as enraptured as he. For the first time in their lives they moved in the rich glamour of sensationalism. Herman was prodigal of gesture with his right hand; and Verman, chuckling with delight, talked fluently, though somewhat consciously. They cheerfully agreed to keep the raccoon—already beginning to be mentioned as "our 'coon" by Penrod—in Mr. Schofield's ...
— Penrod • Booth Tarkington

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