[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

Related Words for scaremonger

pessimist, Cassandra, scaremonger

British Dictionary definitions for scaremonger



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

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

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