monger

noun
mon·ger | \ ˈməŋ-gər , ˈmäŋ- \

Definition of monger 

(Entry 1 of 2)

1 : broker, dealer usually used in combination alemonger

2 : a person who attempts to stir up or spread something that is usually petty or discreditable usually used in combination warmonger

monger

verb
mongered; mongering\-g(ə-)riŋ \

Definition of monger (Entry 2 of 2)

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Noun

Peddlers (especially fish merchants) have been called mongers for more than 1000 years. The term traces to a Latin noun meaning "trader." Initially, it was an honorable term, but every profession has its bad apples, and the snake-oil salesmen of the bunch gave monger a bad reputation. By the middle of the 16th century, the term often implied that a merchant was dishonorable and contemptible. Nowadays, monger is typically appended to another word to identify a trader of a particular type. Some combinations (such as fishmonger) suggest respectable commerce, whereas others (such as rumormonger, scandalmonger, and hypemonger) imply that a person is trading or spreading information in a careless or deceptive manner.

Examples of monger in a Sentence

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And at the time, those things were seen as being a war monger and unacceptable and inflammatory. Fox News, "Pundits pan Trump dumping summit," 28 May 2018 That is according to notorious Spanish gossip monger Don Balon. SI.com, "Spanish Report Claims Liverpool Have Made World Record Offer for Elite La Liga Goalkeeper," 4 June 2018 Everybody has a view: for or against; optimist or pessimist; fear-monger or Panglossian technophile. Fred Pearce, Time, "How the 'Compulsive Secrecy’ of the Atomic Age Has Changed the Way We Think," 22 May 2018 The answer: Look for fresh, frozen or canned conch at your local seafood monger, Caribbean markets and larger grocery stores. Claire Perez, Sun-Sentinel.com, "Claire’s tip of the week: Where to purchase ground conch," 4 May 2018 Yet the image of Bolton as a mustachioed war monger does not do him justice or get at the most intriguing issues raised by his appointment. Stephen Collinson, CNN, "Syria attack response looms over Bolton's first week as national security adviser," 8 Apr. 2018 Ward also appeared on the radio show of conspiracy-monger Alex Jones, who at one point warned her of possible assassination by McCain. Dan Nowicki, azcentral, "John McCain wins 6th Arizona Senate term, reclaims 'maverick' label," 2 Apr. 2018 Actor Ryan Reynolds, who bought an ownership stake in Aviation Gin last month is the latest Hollywood A-lister turned spirit monger. Zlati Meyer, USA TODAY, "George Clooney, Ryan Reynolds, others celebs, cash in on liquor," 14 Mar. 2018 This is one of the reasons the grievance-monger crowd — the people who now want to hammer Judge Jones — have a special hate for Justice Thomas. Anne Branigin, The Root, "Trump, the Walking Internet Comments Section, Taps Racist Blogger for Federal Job," 3 Mar. 2018

Recent Examples on the Web: Verb

In his time in power, Trump has borrowed the talking points of Europe's far right, casting any influx of migrants as an existential threat, while scare-mongering over Muslim arrivals from a vast sweep of the globe. Ishaan Tharoor, Washington Post, "Does the West actually face a migration crisis?," 28 June 2018 But nothing the Clinton White House did comes anywhere near the constant barrage of conspiracy mongering that Donald Trump is using against special counsel Robert Mueller. Jeet Heer, The New Republic, "Trump won’t like Brett Kavanaugh’s position on independent investigations of the White House.," 12 July 2018 The @WhiteHouse just released a fear mongering statement about our firm opposition to ICE. refinery29.com, "Cynthia Nixon Takes On President Trump & The White House Over ICE," 9 July 2018 In various degrees of bluntness, screenwriter/director/executive producer James DeMonaco had a few things to say about the fear-mongering tactics that would ultimately put him there. Michael Phillips, kansascity, "In ‘First Purge’ prequel, there’s no avoiding politics or buckets of blood," 3 July 2018 In various degrees of bluntness, screenwriter/director/executive producer James DeMonaco had a few things to say about the fear-mongering tactics that would ultimately put him there. Michael Phillips, chicagotribune.com, "'The First Purge' review: The riskiest-ever federal entitlement program begins," 3 July 2018 His campaign likened the comparisons to fear-mongering tactics by a traditional political class no longer able to court votes based on their hardline stance against leftist rebels. Joshua Goodman, The Seattle Times, "Colombia set for combative runoff with divisions over peace," 27 May 2018 His campaign likened the comparisons to fear-mongering tactics by a traditional political class no longer able to court votes based on their hardline stance against leftist rebels. Washington Post, "Conservative, leftist head to contentious runoff in Colombia," 27 May 2018 In other words, America’s tolerant pluralism must be replaced by a fear-mongering populism that supports the rights of the few against those who look different. Trudy Rubin, Philly.com, "U.S. withdrawal from U.N. Human Rights Council reflects Trump hypocrisy | Trudy Rubin," 20 June 2018

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First Known Use of monger

Noun

before the 12th century, in the meaning defined at sense 1

Verb

circa 1864, in the meaning defined above

History and Etymology for monger

Noun

Middle English mongere, from Old English mangere, from Latin mangon-, mango, of Greek origin; akin to Greek manganon charm, philter

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