Sensationalism Sen*sa"tion*al*ism, n. 1. (Metaph.) The doctrine held by Condillac, and by some ascribed to Locke, that our ideas originate solely in sensation, and consist of sensations transformed; sensualism; -- opposed to {intuitionalism}, and {rationalism}. [1913 Webster]

2. The practice or methods of sensational writing or speaking; as, the sensationalism of a novel. [1913 Webster]

The Collaborative International Dictionary of English. 2000.

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