gerrymandering

noun
ger·​ry·​man·​der·​ing | \ ˈjer-ē-ˌman-d(ə-)riŋ How to pronounce gerrymandering (audio) also ˈger-; originally ˈger- \

Definition of gerrymandering

: the practice of dividing or arranging a territorial unit into election districts in a way that gives one political party an unfair advantage in elections To an untrained eye, the proposed boundaries look like the etchings of a mapmaker on heavy pharmaceuticals. In reality, it's a masterpiece of diabolical gerrymandering.— Carl Hiaasen Bipartisan gerrymandering following the 2000 reapportionment produced hundreds of safe Democratic seats, hundreds of safe Republican seats, and not much else.— Peter Beinart — compare cracking, packing

First Known Use of gerrymandering

1812, in the meaning defined above

History and Etymology for gerrymandering

gerrymander entry 2 + -ing entry 1

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“Gerrymandering.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/gerrymandering. Accessed 27 Jan. 2021.

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