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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 relating to the senses or sensation.
Origin of sensational
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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  • Consequently, Triffitt was not expected to make up a half or a whole column of recent and sensational Herapath news every morning.

    The Herapath Property J. S. Fletcher
  • But there is here a chance for the sensational novelist to hang a tale upon.

  • This was the only sensational incident of the coastwise voyage to the James River.

    Blackbeard: Buccaneer Ralph D. Paine
  • I was nervous, sensational, and theatrical without intending it.

    My Double Life Sarah Bernhardt
  • There is nothing of the 'sensational,' or so-called realistic, school in her writings.

    An American Girl Abroad Adeline Trafton
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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