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English Dictionary: sensationalism by the DICT Development Group
2 results for sensationalism
From WordNet (r) 3.0 (2006) [wn]:
  1. subject matter that is calculated to excite and please vulgar tastes
  2. the journalistic use of subject matter that appeals to vulgar tastes; "the tabloids relied on sensationalism to maintain their circulation"
    Synonym(s): sensationalism, luridness
  3. (philosophy) the ethical doctrine that feeling is the only criterion for what is good
    Synonym(s): sensualism, sensationalism
  4. (philosophy) the doctrine that knowledge derives from experience
    Synonym(s): empiricism, empiricist philosophy, sensationalism
From Webster's Revised Unabridged Dictionary (1913) [web1913]:
   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
      2. The practice or methods of sensational writing or
            speaking; as, the sensationalism of a novel.
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