Definition of scaremonger in English:



  • A person who spreads frightening or ominous reports or rumours.

    ‘scaremongers forecast that 8 m–9 m people could soon flood in’
    • ‘It is vital that we look to science to help us here, and not to the various scaremongers and often self-appointed bodies that tend to spread stories of doom and gloom.’
    • ‘The busybodies and scaremongers are now targeting nanotechnology - i.e. engineering on a microscopic scale.’
    • ‘Why are critics of the politics of fear turning into scaremongers about the threat of an avian flu pandemic?’
    • ‘I have also heard a lot of groundless and irrational fears that have stemmed from scaremongers.’
    • ‘So despite all the claims, the evidence does not support the scaremongers.’
    • ‘The oil companies shouldn't be able to claim the lack of glaciers on Chambers Street as proof that their opponents are just scaremongers.’
    • ‘Government and Opposition politicians last night criticised them for branding campaigners as whingers and scaremongers.’
    • ‘People are getting the opportunity to quiz all sides and the No campaign is being exposed as being composed of scaremongers.’
    • ‘Curry didn't fare much better at the hands of the tabloid scaremongers.’
    • ‘We do not want to be scaremongers, but we want people to see that this is a real threat and that there are alternatives to nuclear fuels and they are available now.’
    • ‘Is this what the tabloid scaremongers would have us worry about?’
    • ‘I don't want to be a scaremonger but it would be catastrophic if these trains were attacked.’
    • ‘Economic statistics also show that the ban has not had the disastrous impact on pub sales feared by many scaremongers.’
    • ‘Scientists are unlikely to turn the world into ‘grey goo’ - but that hasn't stopped the scaremongers.’
    • ‘If anyone had predicted that twenty years ago they would have been laughed at as scaremongers.’
    • ‘I and my colleagues were publicly branded as scaremongers by members of Selby's local authority.’
    • ‘There are also some scaremongers, such as BHF, creating rumours that we are about to be shipped to Texas.’
    • ‘After years of being dismissed as loonies and scaremongers, she and the thousands of women who have long claimed silicone was making them ill have finally been listened to.’
    • ‘Officials denounced environmentalists as scaremongers for suggesting that any such thing had occurred.’
    • ‘They argue that the problem does not exist, or has been grossly exaggerated, and they call the reformers alarmists, fanatics, scaremongers, prophets of doom and so on.’
    alarmist, prophet of doom, cassandra, voice of doom, doom-monger
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