- a person who creates or spreads alarming news.
Origin of scaremonger
First recorded in 1885–90; scare
Also called fear·mon·ger [feer-muhng-ger, -mong-] /ˈfɪərˌmʌŋ gər, -ˌmɒŋ-/.Related formsscare·mon·ger·ing, noun
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Examples from the Web for fearmonger
Contemporary Examples of fearmonger
But American Jews who fearmonger or are susceptible to this fearmongering are few and far between.
That was the heart of the shtick: Stewart calling for calm reasonableness, Colbert playing the fearmonger.
British Dictionary definitions for fearmonger
Derived Formsscaremongering, noun
- a person who delights in spreading rumours of disaster
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Word Origin and History for fearmonger
also scare-monger, 1888, from scare (n.) + monger (n.).
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