producing or designed to produce a startling effect, strong reaction, intense interest, etc., especially by exaggerated, superficial, or lurid elements: a sensational novel.
extraordinarily good; conspicuously excellent; phenomenal: a sensational quarterback.
of or pertaining to the senses or sensation.

1830–40; sensation + -al1

sensationally, adverb
pseudosensational, adjective
unsensational, adjective
unsensationally, adverb

1. exciting, stimulating.

1. prosaic, dull. Unabridged
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sensational (sɛnˈseɪʃənəl)
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

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Word Origin & History

"aiming at violently excited effects," 1863, from sensation in its secondary sense. Sensationalism in literature, journalism, etc., first recorded 1865.
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Example sentences
There is an element of the exaggerated or sensational embedded in some of the pieces.
Creamy and round, with sensational vanilla and apple spice cake flavors.
Sometimes the coverage is sensational because the news itself is sensational.
There was little sense of outrage, and the details filled page after
  sensational page of the tabloid newspapers.
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