Definition of Sensationalism

1. Noun. Subject matter that is calculated to excite and please vulgar tastes.




2. Noun. The journalistic use of subject matter that appeals to vulgar tastes. "The tabloids relied on sensationalism to maintain their circulation"
Exact synonyms: Luridness
Generic synonyms: Journalese
Derivative terms: Lurid, Sensationalist, Sensationalistic

3. Noun. (philosophy) the ethical doctrine that feeling is the only criterion for what is good.
Exact synonyms: Sensualism
Category relationships: Philosophy
Generic synonyms: Philosophical Doctrine, Philosophical Theory

4. Noun. (philosophy) the doctrine that knowledge derives from experience.
Exact synonyms: Empiricism, Empiricist Philosophy
Specialized synonyms: British Empiricism, Experimentalism, Logical Positivism, Positivism
Category relationships: Philosophy
Generic synonyms: Philosophical Doctrine, Philosophical Theory
Derivative terms: Empiricist

Definition of Sensationalism

1. n. 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.

Definition of Sensationalism

1. Noun. The use of sensational subject matter, style or methods, or the sensational subject matter itself; behavior, published materials, or broadcasts that are intentionally controversial, exaggerated, lurid, loud, or attention-grabbing. Especially applied to news media in a pejorative sense that they are reporting in a manner to gain audience or notoriety but at the expense of accuracy and professionalism. ¹

2. Noun. (philosophy) A theory of philosophy that all knowledge is ultimately derived from the senses. ¹

¹ Source: wiktionary.com

Definition of Sensationalism

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Medical Definition of Sensationalism

1. 1. 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. 2. The practice or methods of sensational writing or speaking; as, the sensationalism of a novel. Source: Websters Dictionary (01 Mar 1998)

Lexicographical Neighbors of Sensationalism

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Literary usage of Sensationalism

Below you will find example usage of this term as found in modern and/or classical literature:

1. The American Journal of Psychology by Granville Stanley Hall, Edward Bradford Titchener (1909)
"THE ABANDONMENT OF sensationalism IN PSYCHOLOGY1 By MARY WHITON CALKINS, Wellesley College. The basal purpose of this paper is to call attention ..."

2. The Nineteenth Century (1886)
"This is a question to be considered, if possible, with calmness of mind, without prejudice for or against sensationalism. It may be that what seems ..."

3. Present Philosophical Tendencies: A Critical Survey of Naturalism, Idealism by Ralph Barton Perry (1912)
"The former of these motives is represented by ' sensationalism,' and the ... sensationalism and experimentalism are ordinarily united ; but owing to a ..."

4. Present Philosophical Tendencies: A Critical Survey of Naturalism, Idealism by Ralph Barton Perry (1912)
"The former of these motives is represented by ' sensationalism,' and the latter ... sensationalism and experimentalism are ordinarily united; but owing to a ..."

5. Present Philosophical Tendencies: A Critical Survey of Naturalism, Idealism by Ralph Barton Perry (1912)
"The former of these motives is represented by ' sensationalism,' and the latter ... sensationalism and experimentalism are ordinarily united; but owing to a ..."

6. Bulletin by School of Mines and Metallurgy, University of Missouri (1914)
"sensationalism AND ADVERTISING. From a paper by G. Prather Knapp, secretary of the St. Louis Advertising Men's League, on "Newspaper sensationalism anil Its ..."

7. The Perceptionalist, Or, Mental Science: A University Text-book by Edward John Hamilton (1899)
"Sensational *' sensationalism is that form of belief which ex- is™ ami as- plains man's spiritual ... In like manner sensationalism, neglecting those marked ..."

8. The Human Mind: A Treatise in Mental Philosophy by Edward John Hamilton (1883)
"These three forms of opinion—sensationalism associationalism and materialism—are ... In like manner, sensationalism, neglecting those marked characteristics ..."

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