1) ADJ-GRADED A sensational result, event, or situation is so remarkable that it causes great excitement and interest.

The world champions suffered a sensational defeat.

Derived words:
sensationally ADV-GRADED usu ADV with v

The rape trial was sensationally halted yesterday.

2) ADJ-GRADED: usu ADJ n (disapproval) You can describe stories or reports as sensational if you disapprove of them because they present facts in a way that is intended to cause feelings of shock, anger, or excitement.

...sensational tabloid newspaper reports.

3) ADJ You can describe something as sensational when you think that it is extremely good.

Her voice is sensational...

Experts agreed that this was a truly sensational performance.

terrific, fantastic
Derived words:
sensationally ADV

...sensationally good food.

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