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Dictionary definition for: Sensationalism

1. (n) subject matter that is calculated to excite and please vulgar tastes

2. (n) the journalistic use of subject matter that appeals to vulgar tastes; "the tabloids relied on sensationalism to maintain their circulation"

3. (n) (philosophy) the ethical doctrine that feeling is the only criterion for what is good

4. (n) (philosophy) the doctrine that knowledge derives from experience

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