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


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.

Examples of monger in a Sentence

Recent Examples on the Web: Noun Alex Jones, the conspiracy monger who operates the Infowars website, devoted much of his Nov. 22 broadcast to smears against Hill. Greg Miller, Anchorage Daily News, "In aftermath of Ukraine crisis, a climate of mistrust and threats," 25 Dec. 2019 And for that, we were called fear mongers, charlatans, and scam artists. Eric Spitznagel, Popular Mechanics, "‘Here We Go. The Chaos Is Starting’: An Oral History of Y2K," 27 Dec. 2019 But that's by the by for these rumour mongers, of course., "Christian Eriksen Addresses Twitter Rumours of Jan Vertonghen Affair With His Wife," 2 Oct. 2019 But Miike, the most egalitarian of splatter-mongers, finds room for all of them and more. Los Angeles Times, "Review: A boxer takes on the mob in Takashi Miike’s joyous thriller-romance ‘First Love’," 26 Sep. 2019 Jake Gyllenhaal saunters in to keep things interesting and keep would-be spoiler-mongers on their toes. New York Times, "Review: ‘Spider-Man: Far From Home’ Is the Latest Iron Man Movie," 27 June 2019 Conference organizers took pains to prevent hate-mongers from attending — ultimately rejecting six applicants. David Scharfenberg,, "How Donald Trump just might save the Republican Party — and the country," 6 Sep. 2019 Iranian President Hassan Rouhani urged the United States on Wednesday to ‘‘abandon war mongers and warmongering policies,’’ in an apparent reference to Bolton, who pushed for more aggressive action against Iran., "ISTANBUL — John Bolton’s abrupt departure as White House national security adviser will not pave the way for direct talks between the United States and Iran, officials in Tehran said, even as some welcomed the removal of one of the Trump administration’s chief hawks on Iran.," 12 Sep. 2019 For decades, the NRA, Republican politicians, and fear-mongers and hate-peddlers on cable-TV tried to convince America that the only way to keep themselves safe — from criminals, and our own government — was to amass a personal arsenal of firearms. Ian Silverii, The Denver Post, "Silverii: Why can’t we do anything about El Paso and Dayton? Politicians like Sen. Cory Gardner," 11 Aug. 2019 Recent Examples on the Web: Verb Tuning out the fear-mongering talking points and instead embracing a bold plan aimed at lifting people out of poverty is nothing short of courageous. Leila Atassi, cleveland, "Seattle is disproving conservative theories that higher wages hurt the working poor. So what are we waiting for, Ohio?," 24 Oct. 2019 Full of enthusiasm, optimism and camaraderie, Warren’s rallies are the antidote to President Donald Trump’s fear-mongering hate rallies, and her approach is outmaneuvering her Democratic competitors. Doug Friednash, The Denver Post, "Friednash: Warren is surging in the polls as top three emerge," 28 Sep. 2019 Chris Krebs, cybersecurity director for the Department of Homeland Security, chastised the cybersecurity industry for its typically fear-mongering approach to communications. Robert Hackett, Fortune, "Once Ripe for Taking, Computer Security Market Reveals Winners—and Losers—Cyber Saturday," 21 Sep. 2019 Confidence among large Japanese businesses dropped between December and March, as trade war fear-mongering escalated, the last Tankan survey showed. Washington Post, "This Japanese Puzzle Has Many Moving Parts," 20 Sep. 2019 The concept of patriotism has been muddied by politics and sullied for me by white supremacists waving the American flag at hate-mongering rallies, where anyone who doesn’t fit their demographic is targeted with vile attacks. Los Angeles Times, "Column: I left the L.A. Times in an era of change in the U.S. What am I returning to?," 10 Oct. 2019 Trump’s hate mongering and stoking latent racial prejudice is fomenting fears, opening old wounds, jingoistic divisions and social conflicts. Henry A. J. Ramos, The Mercury News, "Opinion: Trump is laying the seeds for a new Osama bin Laden," 31 July 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 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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“Monger.” The Dictionary, Merriam-Webster Inc., Accessed 23 January 2020.

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