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from The American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, 4th Edition

  • transitive v. To cast and present in a manner intended to arouse strong interest, especially through inclusion of exaggerated or lurid details: "doubted the ability of the liberal press to handle such information fairly, to refrain from sensationalizing it” ( Bob Woodward and Carl Bernstein).

from Wiktionary, Creative Commons Attribution/Share-Alike License

  • v. To glorify or inflate the importance of a piece of news; to artificially create a sensation.


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  • And their money has done far more than to "sensationalize" things.

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  • Let us grant for a moment that historians have been disposed to "sensationalize" Civil War casualties (though I am not sure what is to be gained by this, since the readership for histories of this war has always been robust), and that we ought to interrogate our assumptions about the war's destructiveness.

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  • Attorneys for Ambrose opposed the measures, saying that the presence of unusual security precautions would "sensationalize" the trial. -

  • McCallum said she didn't want to "sensationalize" her job, but she gave credit to her colleague for a job well done.

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  • The defense had objected to using the screen to protect the witnesses 'identities, arguing the move would "sensationalize" the trial. -

  • Yesterday the headmaster sent a note to faculty, students and parents asking them not to "sensationalize" the rumors.

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  • State Sen. Robert Stivers of Manchester also expressed sympathy for Sparkman's family but charged the media with rushing to "sensationalize" before all the facts were known.

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  • The media as institutions have incentives to sensationalize and scare (it sells papers) and as individual reporters have incentives to magnify the importance of whatever story he or she is working on.

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  • Everything is being done to make this and all of the proposals transparent, but the critics and, I might add, the media, continue to sensationalize the most ugly and loudest news and of course feed our instinctive morbid curiousity as this will keep the ratings up and will scare the most vulnerable and guillible.

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  • I thought it may have been he was just curious about how that new route felt to drive or tired of the tedium of his usual route and didn´t mind following the trend to sensationalize a bit to justify doing something different.

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