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[sen-sey-shuh-nl] /sɛnˈseɪ ʃə nl/
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 relating to the senses or sensation.
Origin of sensational
1830-40; sensation + -al1
Related forms
sensationally, adverb
pseudosensational, adjective
unsensational, adjective
unsensationally, adverb
1. exciting, stimulating.
1. prosaic, dull. Unabridged
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  • "It concerns the most sacred emotions of my heart, mademoiselle," he said, sensationally.

    Vera Nevill Mrs. H. Lovett Cameron
  • All at once, almost anything I undertook to do was sensationally successful.

    Inside John Barth William W. Stuart
  • Added to that, there was my sensationally successful career.

    Inside John Barth William W. Stuart
  • Illustrated lectures followed by literature are of inestimable value if rightly and not sensationally given.

  • He was suffering from low fever, and his condition was as sensationally shocking as any reporter could have wished.

    Ginx's Baby Edward Jenkins
  • That's allegory; besides, you express yourself too sensationally, sir, which I consider impertinence.

    The Possessed Fyodor Dostoevsky
  • Any poetry that is marked by violence, that is conspicuous in color, that is sensationally odd, makes an immediate appeal.

  • We are sensationally informed that General Fitzfizzle told his officers to retire to a safe place if they were afraid.

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British Dictionary definitions for sensationally


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



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

Online Etymology Dictionary, © 2010 Douglas Harper
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