Main meanings of mystery-mongering in English

: mystery-mongering1mystery-mongering2

mystery-mongering1

Pronunciation /ˈmɪst(ə)riˌmʌŋɡ(ə)rɪŋ/

noun

derogatory
  • The action or practice of cultivating or encouraging mystery; charlatanical mystification.

Origin

Early 20th century. From mystery + mongering. Compare earlier mystery-monger, mystery-mongering.

Main meanings of mystery-mongering in English

: mystery-mongering1mystery-mongering2

mystery-mongering2

Pronunciation /ˈmɪst(ə)riˌmʌŋɡ(ə)rɪŋ/

adjective

derogatory, rare
  • That deals in or encourages mysteries or mystification.

Origin

Early 20th century; earliest use found in William James (1842–1910), philosopher and psychologist. From mystery + mongering.