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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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 However, this attack on WHO is a purely political move designed to distract and pander to Trump’s base. Beth Mole, Ars Technica, "WHO answers Trump’s attack with call for unity against COVID-19," 15 Apr. 2020 The operation focused on human trafficking, prostitution, pandering and the movement of prostitutes used by drug dealers. Elissa Robinson, Detroit Free Press, "Warren police: 46 people arrested in human trafficking, prostitution bust," 20 Dec. 2019 Unlike the many Nashville products who work a crowd by pointing, waving and pandering, Combs seems a shy sort, the type who loves making music but comes off as visibly uncomfortable with the trappings of stardom. Rob Hubbard, Twin Cities, "Low-key Luke Combs still thrills rowdy, full crowd at Xcel Energy Center," 28 Sep. 2019 This is consistent with the way Abbott has navigated his way through his first five years in office: pandering just enough to pacify the GOP base, while projecting a statesman-like tone frequently enough to disarm the opposition. Gilbert Garcia, ExpressNews.com, "Garcia: Abbott gets to play both sides on COVID-19 response," 8 May 2020 But the institution is clearly eager engage a broad audience, without pandering. Steven Litt, cleveland, "Can video games inspire serious art? Akron Art Museum answers with a resounding yes," 8 Dec. 2019 The police have pandered to the authoritarian urges of public opinion, failing to abide by impartial service to the law. Charlie Peters, National Review, "Coronavirus Has Exposed Britain’s Snitches and Police Tyrants," 8 Apr. 2020 Despite her contrived and pandering middle-school sleepover-speak, Hudgens is 32. Kareem Abdul-jabbar, The Hollywood Reporter, "Kareem Abdul-Jabbar: The Perils of Hollywood’s Reckless Social Media Posts," 9 Apr. 2020 That's not taking a moral stand, that's just pandering to the public. Bobby Nightengale, Cincinnati.com, "Cincinnati Reds pitcher Trevor Bauer blasts the Houston Astros for sign-stealing scheme," 14 Feb. 2020 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

Verb

derivative of pander entry 2

Noun

Middle English Pandare pandarus

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

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1 Jun 2020

Cite this Entry

“Pander.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/pander. Accessed 1 Jun. 2020.

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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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