pander

verb
pan·der | \ˈpan-dər \
pandered; pandering\ˈpan-d(ə-)riŋ \

Definition of pander 

(Entry 1 of 2)

intransitive verb

: to act as a pander especially : to provide gratification for others' desires films that pander to the basest emotions … used his brilliant gifts to pander to popular taste. — Hubert Saal

pander

noun

Definition of pander (Entry 2 of 2)

1a : a go-between in love intrigues

b : pimp

2 : someone who caters to or exploits the weaknesses of others

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Other Words from pander

Verb

panderer \ˈpan-dər-ər \ noun

Distinctive Meanings of Procure

Procure, like many other English words, has a split personality. On the one hand, it may carry a perfectly benign meaning, such as "to obtain" (“she procured supplies”) or "to bring about" (“the settlement was successfully procured”). On the other hand, it has long been used in the specific sense of obtaining someone for, or bringing about, sexually promiscuous purposes. In this regard it is similar to the word pander, which entered the English language with the innocent meaning “a go-between in love intrigues” (the word comes from the name Pandare, a character in Chaucer’s poem Troilus and Criseyde who facilitates the affair between the titular characters), and soon after took on the meaning “pimp.”

Examples of pander in a Sentence

Noun

an arrest record that revealed that he had variously been a pander, a pickpocket, and a drug dealer

Recent Examples on the Web: Verb

Politicians are better able to pander to narrow interest groups that decide elections, especially in primaries. Chris Stirewalt, Fox News, "Just a reminder: A republic, not a democracy," 7 June 2018 The film panders to the current Black Lives Matter era: Police preparing to harm a Black man? refinery29.com, "Why People Either Really Love Or Hate The Purge Movies," 3 July 2018 But Pakistan needs a prime minister who will lead it to a brighter future, not one who stunts democracy by leaning on the army for support and panders to every popular prejudice that brings him a step closer to power. Sadanand Dhume, WSJ, "Will Imran Khan Turn Pakistan Into an Islamic Welfare State?," 12 July 2018 Like Reagan and Obama, O’Rourke is making a bipartisan pitch without pandering on policy. Gilbert Garcia, San Antonio Express-News, "O’Rourke’s hopes hinge on persuasion as well as turnout," 7 July 2018 But a spate of recent flubs have marred the efforts of both candidates, with some voters saying the outreach reads as pandering, and only reminds them of how their votes are taken for granted. New York Times, "Black Voters Have More Leverage in This Governor’s Race. They Mean to Use It.," 13 June 2018 Since the election, Oliver pandered to the audience to pick on the Trump administration at all cost. Lukas Mikelionis, Fox News, "TV's imported comedians often stumble while trying to 'fix' America," 1 June 2018 Director Brad Bird never panders with The Iron Giant's Space Age setting. Tom Philip, GQ, "One of the all-time great animated movies is streaming now.," 24 Apr. 2018 In one popular interpretation of comics history, American superhero comics started out as simple, pandering stories for kids, but have matured and become more sophisticated over time. Noah Berlatsky, The Verge, "The best superhero stories admit that superheroes are ridiculous," 11 July 2018

Recent Examples on the Web: Noun

Trump announced his steel and aluminum tariffs in the campaign’s final days, the most microtargeted pander to Rust Belt voters imaginable. Frank Rich, Daily Intelligencer, "The Hidden Logic of Trump’s Staff Exodus," 14 Mar. 2018 More like a pander-stretch on a non-issue in an election year. John Baer, Philly.com, "'The stretch,' politically speaking, by Trump, Stack, Wagner, Leach & others," 23 Jan. 2018 Rather than being greeted as an honest attempt to reach out to a voting group that overwhelmingly dislikes him, the taco bowl post was widely mocked as an obvious, ham-fisted pander. Farhad Manjoo, New York Times, "Twitter, Trump’s Trusty Weapon, Could Backfire," 18 May 2016

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First Known Use of pander

Verb

1523, in the meaning defined above

Noun

15th century, in the meaning defined at sense 1a

History and Etymology for pander

Noun

Middle English Pandare Pandarus, from Latin Pandarus

Noun

Middle English Pandare, character who procured for Troilus the love of Cressida in Troilus and Creseyde, poem by Geoffrey Chaucer (ca. 1342–1400)

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pander

verb

English Language Learners Definition of pander

: to do or provide what someone wants or demands even though it is not proper, good, or reasonable

pan·der | \ˈpan-dər \

Legal Definition of pander 

(Entry 1 of 2)

: to sell or distribute by pandering had no protected right to pander prurient materialsDunigan Enterprises v. DA for the Northern District, 415 N.E.2d 251 (1981)

intransitive verb

: to engage in pandering counts included…conspiracy to pander and receive the earnings of a prostituteState v. Tocco, 750 P.2d 874 (1988)

pander

noun

Legal Definition of pander (Entry 2 of 2)

: one who engages in pandering : panderer

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