from Wiktionary, Creative Commons Attribution/Share-Alike License

  • n. One who uses overelaborate or wordy phrases.

from The Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia

  • n. One who deals in mere phrases; one who is an adept at stringing words or phrases together.


phrase +‎ -monger (Wiktionary)


  • Machiavelli was no facile phrasemonger; the conditions under which he wrote obliged him to weigh every word; his themes were lofty, his substance grave, his manner nobly plain and serious.

    Niccolo Machiavelli

  • Revenge is sweet, saith the phrasemonger, and to the old lady whose discipline had been flouted and whose amour propre had been rudely shaken it was very sweet indeed.

    Who Cares? a story of adolescence

  • Mr. Polly's conception of his own pose and expression was rendered by that uncontrollable phrasemonger at the back as "Obsequies Deference."

    The History of Mr. Polly

  • At one time he was a phrasemonger for politicians, especially for the

    Better Dead

  • If Robespierre had been a statesman instead of a phrasemonger, he had a clear course.

    Critical Miscellanies (Vol. 1 of 3) Essay 1: Robespierre

  • The description "a creature of the left, with little ability to make moral distinctions" is the sound of a empty-headed conservative phrasemonger who has used up all the negative polemic in the store and is desperately searching for a new insult.

    The New Republic - All Feed

  • In the following pages we have observations upon style by one who was a stylist in the best sense of the word, not affected, nor yet a phrasemonger; on thinking for oneself by a philosopher who never did anything else; on criticism by a writer who suffered much from the inability of others to understand him; on reputation by a candidate who, during the greater part of his life, deserved without obtaining it; and on genius by one who was incontestably of the privileged order himself.

    The Art of Literature

  • Rose of Ireland and the White Rose of Devon, a noted Society phrasemonger had dubbed them, seeing them together on the lawn one Ascot Cup Day, their light draperies and delicate ribbons whip-whipping in the pleasant June breeze, ivory-skinned, jetty-locked Celtic beauty and blue-eyed, flaxen-locked Saxon fairness in charming, confidential juxtaposition under one lace sunshade, lined with what has been the last new fashionable colour under twenty names, since then; only that year they called it _Rose fané_.

    The Dop Doctor

  • How about chump chops?” said the phrasemonger with an air of inspiration.

    The History of Mr. Polly

  • Mr. Polly’s conception of his own pose and expression was rendered by that uncontrollable phrasemonger at the back as “Obsequies

    The History of Mr. Polly


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