Etymology
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sensational (adj.)

1840, "of or pertaining to sensation or the senses, implying perception through the senses;" 1863, in reference to a literary or artistic work, "aiming at violently excited effects, intended to excite violent emotions;" from sensation in its secondary sense. Related: Sensationalistic; sensationalistically.

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Definitions of sensational

sensational (adj.)
causing intense interest, curiosity, or emotion;
sensational (adj.)
commanding attention;
a sensational concert--one never to be forgotten
Synonyms: arresting / stunning
sensational (adj.)
relating to or concerned in sensation;
Synonyms: sensory
From wordnet.princeton.edu