gerrymander

noun
ger·​ry·​man·​der | \ ˈjer-ē-ˌman-dər How to pronounce gerrymander (audio) also ˈger-; originally ˈger- How to pronounce gerrymander (audio) \

Definition of gerrymander

 (Entry 1 of 2)

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 three new gerrymanders

gerrymander

verb
gerrymandered; gerrymandering\ ˈjer-​ē-​ˌman-​d(ə-​)riŋ How to pronounce gerrymander (audio) also  ˈger-​ ; originally  ˈger-​ \; gerrymanders

Definition of gerrymander (Entry 2 of 2)

transitive verb

1 : to divide or arrange (a territorial unit) into election districts in a way that gives one political party an unfair advantage : to subject to gerrymandering The government gerrymandered urban districts to create rural majorities.— Matthew Reiss
2 : to divide or arrange (an area) into political units to give special advantages to one group gerrymander a school district

Examples of gerrymander in a Sentence

Verb gerrymandering urban districts to give rural voters a majority
Recent Examples on the Web: Noun The question arose again this March in an emergency application from Republicans in North Carolina who wanted to restore a voting map drawn by the State Legislature and rejected as a partisan gerrymander by the State Supreme Court. Adam Liptak, New York Times, 6 June 2022 The state Supreme Court has ruled the third set of maps – like the first, second and fourth – an unconstitutional gerrymander unduly favoring Republicans. From Usa Today Network And Wire Reports, USA TODAY, 29 Apr. 2022 In April, the seven Democratic justices on New York’s highest court blew up an aggressive gerrymander of the state’s 26 congressional districts that had been expected to net Democrats three new House seats. Michael Wines, BostonGlobe.com, 6 June 2022 Democrats in New York are going through the stages of grief after a state court last week redrew their wild gerrymander of U.S. House districts. The Editorial Board, WSJ, 24 May 2022 DeSantis’ gerrymander may not survive court scrutiny — Florida voters amended their state constitution in 2010 to limit partisan line-drawing. David Lautersenior Editor, Los Angeles Times, 22 Apr. 2022 But if New York's gerrymander gets policed, and Florida goes wild, the equilibrium disappears. David Daley, CNN, 22 Apr. 2022 Just a month ago, the Court allowed a flagrantly racist gerrymander, which had been painstakingly detailed in a 234-page decision by a federal trial court in Alabama, to go forward for this year’s midterm elections. Sue Halpern, The New York Review of Books, 25 May 2022 The courts took over redistricting after striking down the congressional map drawn by state Democratic lawmakers as an unconstitutional partisan gerrymander. BostonGlobe.com, 20 May 2022 Recent Examples on the Web: Verb So where Republican efforts to gerrymander districts in their favor have largely succeeded in red states, the Democratic attempt to play hardball in New York just resulted in the ball flying back and smacking them in the face. Grace Segers, The New Republic, 23 May 2022 In the 1970s and 1980s, Democrats used their control over state legislatures to gerrymander their way to persistent House majorities. David Lautersenior Editor, Los Angeles Times, 22 Apr. 2022 Although Missouri has large Republican majorities in both legislative chambers, a conservative coalition has split with GOP leaders over how aggressively to gerrymander district lines to their favor. Arkansas Online, 2 Apr. 2022 This seems clear enough: Don’t racially gerrymander. The Editorial Board, WSJ, 8 Feb. 2022 Naturally, while this sort of behavior is entirely consistent with the history of their party as detailed in my first installment, Democrats have postured themselves as innocent victims forced to gerrymander against their will. Dan Mclaughlin, National Review, 16 Feb. 2022 But Democrats have used their power to gerrymander more aggressively than analysts expected. Compiled Democrat-gazette Staff From Wire Reports, Arkansas Online, 7 Feb. 2022 That Ohio gerrymander that the report called out got wiped off the books this month, when Ohio’s Supreme Court ruled the map violated the state constitution. David Lauter, Los Angeles Times, 21 Jan. 2022 But Democrats have used their power to gerrymander more aggressively than expected. New York Times, 6 Feb. 2022 See More

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First Known Use of gerrymander

Noun

1812, in the meaning defined at sense 1

Verb

1812, in the meaning defined at sense 1

History and Etymology for gerrymander

Noun

Elbridge gerry + salamander; from the shape of an election district formed during Gerry's governorship of Massachusetts

Verb

derivative of gerrrymander entry 1

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“Gerrymander.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/gerrymander. Accessed 6 Jul. 2022.

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gerrymander

noun
ger·​ry·​man·​der | \ ˈjer-ē-ˌman-dər also and originally ˈger-ē- How to pronounce gerrymander (audio) \

Legal Definition of gerrymander

 (Entry 1 of 2)

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

gerrymander

transitive verb
gerrymandered; gerrymandering

Legal Definition of gerrymander (Entry 2 of 2)

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

History and Etymology for gerrymander

Noun

Elbridge Gerry (1744–1814) + salamander; from the shape of an election district formed during Gerry's governorship of Massachusetts

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