sensationalism

DEFINITIONS OF: sensationalism

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n the journalistic use of subject matter that appeals to vulgar tastes

“the tabloids relied on sensationalism to maintain their circulation”
Synonyms:
luridness
Type of:
journalese
the style in which newspapers are written

n subject matter that is calculated to excite and please vulgar tastes

Type of:
content, message, subject matter, substance
what a communication that is about something is about

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

Synonyms:
sensualism
Type of:
philosophical doctrine, philosophical theory
a doctrine accepted by adherents to a philosophy

n (philosophy) the doctrine that knowledge derives from experience

Synonyms:
empiricism, empiricist philosophy
Types:
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British empiricism
the predominant philosophical tradition in Great Britain since the 17th century
experimentalism
an empirical doctrine that advocates experimental principles
logical positivism, positivism
the form of empiricism that bases all knowledge on perceptual experience (not on intuition or revelation)
Comtism
Auguste Comte's positivistic philosophy that metaphysics and theology should be replaced by a hierarchy of sciences from mathematics at the base to sociology at the top
Type of:
philosophical doctrine, philosophical theory
a doctrine accepted by adherents to a philosophy
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