mon·​ger | \ ˈməŋ-gər How to pronounce monger (audio) , ˈmäŋ- How to pronounce monger (audio) \

Definition of monger

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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


mongered; mongering\ ˈməŋ-​g(ə-​)riŋ How to pronounce mongering (audio) , ˈmäŋ-​ \

Definition of monger (Entry 2 of 2)

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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.

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Donald Trump, from Charleston to Baltimore to even the border, is using the tired, old language of demagogues, of fear-mongers, of racists, to try to divide our country against itself. Detroit Free Press, "Here's how the candidates started the Detroit Democratic debates, night 2," 31 July 2019 In March, Major League Baseball scuttled the old-timey rule for reasons that seem minor: too complicated; general managers had a hard time not revealing waiver wire moves to the national internet trade mongers; fans didn’t understand it. John Shipley, Twin Cities, "John Shipley: End of waiver trades has made it harder, and more expensive, for Twins to find bullpen help," 23 July 2019 The dance world may have rolled its collective eyes when Paris Hilton announced her DJ career, but six years in and the socialite/model/perfume-monger/wild child extraordinaire/producer is still going strong. Don't knock the hustle. Katie Bain, Billboard, "Paris Hilton Goes On the Prowl Through Clubland With New Single 'Lone Wolves': Listen," 19 July 2019 In retrospect, the doom-mongers of Davos were worried about the wrong thing. The Economist, "A different dystopia: July 2030," 6 July 2019 Swing voters are different from take-mongers Among the class of people who write and talk about politics for a living, Democrats are in broad agreement on cultural issues but divided on economics. Matthew Yglesias, Vox, "Swing voters are extremely real," 23 July 2018 Our cultural gatekeepers who stoke the resentment of new arrivals and turn them into grievance mongers like Ilhan Omar. Joey Morona,, "Tucker Carlson goes after Ilhan Omar again, says Fox News has his back," 11 July 2019 Mike Hubbard is many things – a sneak and a power-monger, a puppet-master, a control freak, an opportunist and greedy, greedy man. John Archibald |,, "Alabama court to decide if ignorance of the powerful is excused," 4 June 2019 Chavez took advantage of the episode for years to effectively paint his political opponents as terrorists and coup-mongers. Peter Millard,, "A Timeline of Venezuela’s Economic Rise and Fall," 16 Feb. 2019

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Bigtree, who has appearances booked through the end of the summer, dismisses such projections as government fear-mongering to advance the interests of the drug industry. The Washington Post,, "Meet the New York couple donating millions to the anti-vax movement," 19 June 2019 Bigtree, who has appearances booked through the end of the summer, dismisses such projections as government fear-mongering to advance the interests of the drug industry. Alice Crites and Ben Guarino contributed to this report. The Washington Post, The Mercury News, "Meet the New York couple donating millions to the anti-vax movement," 19 June 2019 And what if the people creating all the fear-mongering around litmus tests are actually the ones deserving of an eyebrow raise? Lily Herman,, "Actually, Abortion Litmus Tests Are A Good Thing," 8 June 2019 The resulting text is informative and revealing without veering into salaciousness; that Picasso is neither an art historian, nor a gossip-mongering outside party, has a lot to do with this. Marley Marius, Vogue, "On the Heels of an $88 Million Picasso Sale, Olivier Widmaier Picasso Talks Art, Life, and His Very Famous Grandfather," 12 Nov. 2018 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., "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

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First Known Use of monger


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


circa 1864, in the meaning defined above

History and Etymology for monger


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

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