Synonyms of sensational in English:


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1‘a sensational murder trial’

amazing, startling, astonishing, staggering, shocking, appalling, horrifying, scandalous
stirring, exciting, thrilling, electrifying
fascinating, interesting, notable, noteworthy, important, significant, remarkable, momentous, historic, newsworthy
North American informal buzzworthy


2‘the newspapers ran sensational stories about kids indulging in drugs’

overdramatized, dramatic, melodramatic, exaggerated, overripe, sensationalist, sensationalistic, graphic, explicit, unrestrained, lurid
trashy, cheap, tasteless, kitschy, yellow, pulp, garish, full-frontal
informal shock-horror, tacky, juicy
British informal rubbishy
North American informal whiz-bang

dull, understated

3‘she looked sensational in her new evening dress’

gorgeous, stunning, wonderful, exquisite, lovely, magnificent, dazzling, amazing, radiant, delightful, charming, enchanting, entrancing, captivating, bewitching
striking, spectacular, remarkable, outstanding, impressive, memorable, unforgettable, unique, arresting, eye-catching
marvellous, superb, excellent, exceptional, fine, superlative, formidable, first-class, first-rate, virtuoso, skilful, masterful, masterly
informal great, terrific, tremendous, super, fantastic, stupendous, stellar, fabulous, fab, heavenly, divine, drop-dead gorgeous, knockout, delectable, scrumptious, ace, A1, mean, awesome, amazeballs, magic, bad, wicked, out of this world, unreal, supercalifragilisticexpialidocious
British informal brilliant, brill, smashing
North American informal neat, babelicious, bodacious
Australian informal bonzer
British informal, dated wizard, spiffing, ripping, topping, champion, capital, top-hole
North American informal, dated swell, keen
vulgar slang shit-hot

ordinary, unremarkable