from The American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, 4th Edition
- n. The use of sensational matter or methods, especially in writing, journalism, or politics.
- n. Sensational subject matter.
- n. Interest in or the effect of such subject matter.
- n. Philosophy The theory that sensation is the only source of knowledge.
- n. The ethical doctrine that feeling is the only criterion of good.
from Wiktionary, Creative Commons Attribution/Share-Alike License
- n. The use of sensational subject matter, style or methods, or the sensational subject matter itself; behavior, published materials, or broadcasts that are intentionally controversial, exaggerated, lurid, loud, or attention-grabbing. Especially applied to news media in a pejorative sense that they are reporting in a manner to gain audience or notoriety but at the expense of accuracy and professionalism.
- n. A theory of philosophy that all knowledge is ultimately derived from the senses.
from the GNU version of the Collaborative International Dictionary of English
- n. 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.
- n. The practice or methods of sensational writing or speaking.
from The Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia
- n. In philosophy, the theory or doctrine that all our ideas are solely derived through our senses or sensations; sensualism.
- n. Sensational writing or language; the presentation of matters or details of such a nature or in such a manner as to thrill the reader or to gratify vulgar curiosity: as, the sensationalism of the press.
from WordNet 3.0 Copyright 2006 by Princeton University. All rights reserved.
- n. (philosophy) the doctrine that knowledge derives from experience
- n. subject matter that is calculated to excite and please vulgar tastes
- n. the journalistic use of subject matter that appeals to vulgar tastes
- n. (philosophy) the ethical doctrine that feeling is the only criterion for what is good
From sensational + -ism. (Wiktionary)