[skair-muhng-ger, -mong-]


a person who creates or spreads alarming news.

Origin of scaremonger

First recorded in 1885–90; scare + monger
Also called fear·mon·ger [feer-muhng-ger, -mong-] /ˈfɪərˌmʌŋ gər, -ˌmɒŋ-/.
Related formsscare·mon·ger·ing, noun Unabridged Based on the Random House Unabridged Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2019

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.

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    What's This Jerusalem Flap All About?

    Ali Gharib

    September 6, 2012

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

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    The Day D.C. Went Sane

    Howard Kurtz

    October 30, 2010

British Dictionary definitions for fearmonger



a person who delights in spreading rumours of disaster
Derived Formsscaremongering, noun
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Word Origin and History for fearmonger



also scare-monger, 1888, from scare (n.) + monger (n.).

Online Etymology Dictionary, © 2010 Douglas Harper