gerrymander


1ger·ry·man·der

noun \ˈjer-ē-ˌman-dər, also ˈger-; orig ˈger-\

Definition of GERRYMANDER

1
:  the act or method of gerrymandering
2
:  a district or pattern of districts varying greatly in size or population as a result of gerrymandering

Origin of GERRYMANDER

Elbridge Gerry + salamander; from the shape of an election district formed during Gerry's governorship of Massachusetts
First Known Use: 1812

Other Government and Politics Terms

agent provocateur, agitprop, autarky, cabal, egalitarianism, federalism, hegemony, plenipotentiary, popular sovereignty, socialism

2gerrymander

verb

: to divide (a state, school district, etc.) into political units that give one group an unfair advantage

gerrymanderedgerrymander·ing \-d(ə-)riŋ\

Full Definition of GERRYMANDER

transitive verb
1
:  to divide (a territorial unit) into election districts to give one political party an electoral majority in a large number of districts while concentrating the voting strength of the opposition in as few districts as possible
2
:  to divide (an area) into political units to give special advantages to one group <gerrymander a school district>

Examples of GERRYMANDER

  1. gerrymandering urban districts to give rural voters a majority

First Known Use of GERRYMANDER

1812

Other Government and Politics Terms

agent provocateur, agitprop, autarky, cabal, egalitarianism, federalism, hegemony, plenipotentiary, popular sovereignty, socialism

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