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scare tactic Syllabification: scare tac·tic
Pronunciation: /ske(ə)r ˈtaktik/

Definition of scare tactic in English:


A strategy intended to manipulate public opinion about a particular issue by arousing fear or alarm: we need facts, not scare tactics and false information
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  • Many abstinence-only programs use scare tactics to make their case that premarital sex has negative consequences.
  • One of the central findings was that positive messages, as opposed to traditional health scare tactics, are required to persuade people to change their diet.
  • Clearly, manufacturers are resorting to scare tactics as public distrust of pharmaceutical companies and vaccines grows.
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