[ skair-muhng-ger, -mong- ]
/ ˈskɛərˌmʌŋ gər, -ˌmɒŋ- /


a person who creates or spreads alarming news.
Also called fear·mon·ger [feer-muhng-ger, -mong-] /ˈfɪərˌmʌŋ gər, -ˌmɒŋ-/ .

Origin of scaremonger

First recorded in 1885–90; scare + monger

OTHER WORDS FROM scaremonger

scare·mon·ger·ing, noun Unabridged Based on the Random House Unabridged Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2020

Example sentences from the Web for scaremonger

  • That was the heart of the shtick: Stewart calling for calm reasonableness, Colbert playing the fearmonger.

    The Day D.C. Went Sane|Howard Kurtz|October 30, 2010|DAILY BEAST

British Dictionary definitions for scaremonger

/ (ˈskɛəˌmʌŋɡə) /


a person who delights in spreading rumours of disaster

Derived forms of scaremonger

scaremongering, noun
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