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[sen-sey-shuh-nl-ahyz] /sɛnˈseɪ ʃə nlˌaɪz/
verb (used with object), sensationalized, sensationalizing.
to make sensational.
Also, especially British, sensationalise.
Origin of sensationalize
1850-55; sensational + -ize
Related forms
desensationalize, verb (used with object), desensationalized, desensationalizing. Unabridged
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Examples from the web for sensationalize
  • Good to see a mainstream magazine sticking to the research and not attempting to sensationalize a topic at the expense of facts.
  • At the moment, journalists seem beholden to the almighty dollar in their efforts to sensationalize dog stories.
  • Of course, you can always count on the media to ignore the true human calamity and instead sensationalize the nuclear story.
  • The media is in the business of selling news, and to do that, they sensationalize it.
  • There will always be those who politicize or sensationalize to advance their own narrow agendas.
  • We should not politicize or sensationalize the trade issues.
  • But the media has a responsibility not to sensationalize the news.
British Dictionary definitions for sensationalize


(transitive) to cause (events, esp in newspaper reports) to seem more vivid, shocking, etc, than they really are
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Word Origin and History for sensationalize

1863, from sensational + -ize. Originally of audiences as well as topics. Related: Sensationalized; sensationalizing.

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