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Meaning of human-interest story

hu'man-in'terest sto"ry

Pronunciation: (hy'mun-in'tur-ist, -trist or, often, y'-), [key]
  1. a story or report, as in a newspaper or on a newscast, designed to engage attention and sympathy by enabling one to identify readily with the people, problems, and situations described.
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