[muhng-ger, mong-]
a person who is involved with something in a petty or contemptible way (usually used in combination): a gossipmonger.
Chiefly British. a dealer in or trader of a commodity (usually used in combination): fishmonger.
verb (used with object)
to sell; hawk.

before 1000; Middle English (noun); Old English mangere, equivalent to mang(ian) to trade, act as a monger (≪ Latin mangō salesman) + -ere -er1; cognate with Old Norse, Old High German mangari

mongering, noun, adjective Unabridged
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monger (ˈmʌŋɡə)
1.  (in combination except in archaic use) a trader or dealer: ironmonger
2.  (in combination) a promoter of something unpleasant: warmonger
[Old English mangere, ultimately from Latin mangō dealer; compare Old High German mangari]
n, —adj

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Word Origin & History

O.E. mangere, from P.Gmc. mangojan (cf. O.S. mangon, O.N. manga), from L. mango (gen. mangonis) "dealer, trader," from a noun derivative of Gk. manganon "contrivance, means of enchantment," from PIE base *mang- "to embellish, dress, trim." Used in comb. form in Eng. since at least 12c.; since 16c. chiefly
with overtones of petty and disreputable. The modern verb is first recorded 1928, from the noun (but there was a verb form in O.E.). Related: Mongering.
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Example sentences
Educate them about their right to help combat fear-mongering by copyright
Fear-mongering and hand-wringing over federal spending won't heal our economy.
But this increasingly outlandish fear-mongering is dangerous in itself.
Please get your facts straight before fear-mongering.
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