A fearmonger is a person who exaggerates
a situation, playing upon the fear
s of the listener. A tool often used by politicians
, fearmongering helps detract attention from things that the listener would pay attention to if not for the distraction
provided by the panic
engendered. When people are scared, their sense of reason usually vanishes
, enabling the fearmonger to manipulate
The root word, monger, means salesman or peddler. It can mean a trader in a commodity, such as an ironmonger or fishmonger, but is used mostly as a pejorative: warmonger, hatemonger, scandalmonger, etc.