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sensationalism (n.)

1846 in philosophy, "theory that sensation is the only source of knowledge;" 1865, of journalism that aims to excite the feelings, from sensational + -ism.

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Definitions of sensationalism from WordNet

sensationalism (n.)
subject matter that is calculated to excite and please vulgar tastes;
sensationalism (n.)
the journalistic use of subject matter that appeals to vulgar tastes;
the tabloids relied on sensationalism to maintain their circulation
Synonyms: luridness
sensationalism (n.)
(philosophy) the ethical doctrine that feeling is the only criterion for what is good;
Synonyms: sensualism
sensationalism (n.)
(philosophy) the doctrine that knowledge derives from experience;
Synonyms: empiricism / empiricist philosophy
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