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sensational

[sen-sey-shuh-nl] /sɛnˈseɪ ʃə nl/
adjective
1.
producing or designed to produce a startling effect, strong reaction, intense interest, etc., especially by exaggerated, superficial, or lurid elements:
a sensational novel.
2.
extraordinarily good; conspicuously excellent; phenomenal:
a sensational quarterback.
3.
of or pertaining to the senses or sensation.
Origin
1830-1840
1830-40; sensation + -al1
Related forms
sensationally, adverb
pseudosensational, adjective
unsensational, adjective
unsensationally, adverb
Synonyms
1. exciting, stimulating.
Antonyms
1. prosaic, dull.
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British Dictionary definitions for sensational

sensational

/sɛnˈseɪʃənəl/
adjective
1.
causing or intended to cause intense feelings, esp of curiosity, horror, etc: sensational disclosures in the press
2.
(informal) extremely good: a sensational skater
3.
of or relating to the faculty of sensation
4.
(philosophy) of or relating to sensationalism
Derived Forms
sensationally, adverb
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Word Origin and History for sensational
adj.

"of or pertaining to sensation or the senses," 1840; "aiming at violently excited effects," 1863, from sensation in its secondary sense. Related: Sensationalistic; sensationalistically.

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