[wawr-muhng-ger, -mong-]


a person who advocates, endorses, or tries to precipitate war.

Origin of warmonger

First recorded in 1580–90; war1 + monger
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Related Words for warmonger

militant, combatant, hawk, fighter, jingoist

Examples from the Web for warmonger

Contemporary Examples of warmonger

Historical Examples of warmonger

  • A warmonger, worse than any of his predecessors because he knew just what to sell and how to sell it.

    The K-Factor

    Harry Harrison (AKA Henry Maxwell Dempsey)

British Dictionary definitions for warmonger



a person who fosters warlike ideas or advocates war
Derived Formswarmongering, noun
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Word Origin and History for warmonger

1580s, from war (n.) + monger (n.). First attested in Spenser's "Faerie Queene," and perhaps coined by him.

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