- a person who creates or spreads alarming news.
Origin of scaremonger
Also called fear·mon·ger [feer-muhng-ger, -mong-] /ˈfɪərˌmʌŋ gər, -ˌmɒŋ-/.
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Examples from the Web for scaremongering
Now you might say this sounds like a whole lot of scaremongering, of “what about the children” shouting.We Should Celebrate Social Media's Slaying of Robin Thicke
July 4, 2014
Howard Kurtz on the scaremongering by television and local officials.A Hurricane of Hype
August 28, 2011
The article, by Jonathan Strong, is rife with scaremongering, anonymously sourced accusations.Presidents Can Have Migraines
July 20, 2011
- a person who delights in spreading rumours of disaster
Word Origin and History for scaremongering
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