pander

verb
pan·​der | \ ˈpan-dər How to pronounce pander (audio) \
pandered; pandering\ ˈpan-​d(ə-​)riŋ How to pronounce pandering (audio) \

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 How to pronounce panderer (audio) \ noun

Synonyms for pander

Synonyms: Noun

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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 The question pandered to the crowd, eliciting applause, hoots, and whistles. Franklin Foer, The Atlantic, "Jeff Bezos’s Master Plan," 10 Oct. 2019 Stadium entertainment still panders to a minority of the country and is a turn-off for fans who would like to see this change. Daniel Gallan, CNN, "Meet the Gwijo Squad, the musical fan group confronting apartheid's legacy," 20 Sep. 2019 There’s celebrity cheerleading, troop-rallying and youth-pandering, and then there’s using the tools available to speak to audiences often deemed too unreliable to depend on for votes. New York Times, "What Can a Star Like Cardi B Do for a Politician Like Sanders?," 11 Sep. 2019 Winans was booked into the Martinez Detention Center on pandering and obstruction charges. Thy Vo, The Mercury News, "Man arrested in Brentwood for trying to coerce woman into prostitution," 28 Aug. 2019 With the national media mesmerized by those aspirants’ festival of pandering, scant attention was given to Sisolak’s good deed. George Will, Twin Cities, "George Will: Democrats may change their malleable minds about the National Popular Vote," 29 Aug. 2019 The Russian left interpreted it as a right-wing satire, while the right accused Turgenev of pandering to the left. Christopher Tayler, Harper's magazine, "New Books," 19 Aug. 2019 The importance of allies Some companies may use causes to pander to consumers and deserve to be called out, but my research shows that corporate allies and advocates can have an important role in society. Kim Sheehan, The Conversation, "Companies promoting causes can be accused of ‘wokewashing’ – allying themselves only for good PR," 9 Aug. 2019 When voters pick not just their first choice but their second, third or fourth choices too, politicians can win not by pandering to their partisan base, but by appealing broadly for second- or third-choice votes. New York Times, "Democracy in Crisis," 15 June 2019 Recent Examples on the Web: Noun The giant pander-fest that is the Democratic primary is just getting started. Michael Tanner, National Review, "The Moral Dimension to Our National Debt," 28 Aug. 2019 Its initial emphasis on high fashion—and the pander to the one-percent with the five-figure versions—seemed a bit tone-deaf. Steven Levy, WIRED, "A Reminiscence of Jony Ive’s Design Legacy," 27 June 2019 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

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The first known use of pander was in the 15th century

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17 Nov 2019

Cite this Entry

“Pander.” The Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster Inc., https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/pandering. Accessed 22 November 2019.

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pander

verb
How to pronounce pander (audio)

English Language Learners Definition of pander

disapproving : to do or provide what someone wants or demands even though it is not proper, good, or reasonable
pan·​der | \ ˈpan-dər How to pronounce pander (audio) \

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

History and Etymology for pander

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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