scaremongering - definition and synonyms

noun [uncountable] 

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/ˈskeə(r)ˌmʌŋɡərɪŋ/
  1. the process of saying or doing something in order to deliberately make people feel worried or frightened, especially so that you can gain an advantage

    There has been a lot of scaremongering about possible job losses.

derived word

scaremonger

noun [countable]
singularscaremonger
pluralscaremongers