scaremonger

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

a person who creates or spreads alarming news.

Nearby words

  1. scare up,
  2. scarecrow,
  3. scared,
  4. scaredy-cat,
  5. scarehead,
  6. scaremongering,
  7. scareware,
  8. scarf,
  9. scarf cloud,
  10. scarf joint

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

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British Dictionary definitions for scaremongering

scaremonger

/ (ˈskɛəˌmʌŋɡə) /

noun

a person who delights in spreading rumours of disaster
Derived Formsscaremongering, noun

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Word Origin and History for scaremongering

scaremonger

n.

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

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