sensationalism

2 definitions found

From The Collaborative International Dictionary of English v.0.48 [gcide]:

Sensationalism \Sen*sa"tion*al*ism\, noun

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}.

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

From WordNet (r) 3.0 (2006) [wn]:

sensationalism

noun

1: subject matter that is calculated to excite and please vulgar tastes

2: the journalistic use of subject matter that appeals to vulgar tastes; "the tabloids relied on sensationalism to maintain their circulation" [syn: {sensationalism}, {luridness}]

3: (philosophy) the ethical doctrine that feeling is the only criterion for what is good [syn: {sensualism}, {sensationalism}]

4: (philosophy) the doctrine that knowledge derives from experience [syn: {empiricism}, {empiricist philosophy}, {sensationalism}]


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