by Heather

Vest-Pocket Vocabulary

Quest’monger, n. one fond of lawsuits.

Word in the Wild: Lina set out to become the best kindergarten teacher she could be, but seven years and four lawsuits later she feared she’d become a questmonger, too.

According to the OED questmonger dates from at least the late fourteenth century. Now a rare word, it is principally applied to those who habitually initiate lawsuits for profit.

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