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pander

[pan-der] /ˈpæn dər/
noun, Also, panderer
1.
a person who furnishes clients for a prostitute or supplies persons for illicit sexual intercourse; procurer; pimp.
2.
a person who caters to or profits from the weaknesses or vices of others.
3.
a go-between in amorous intrigues.
verb (used without object)
4.
to act as a pander; cater basely:
to pander to the vile tastes of vulgar persons.
verb (used with object)
5.
to act as a pander for.
Origin
1325-1375
1325-75; earlier pandar(e), generalized use of Middle English name Pandare Pandarus
Related forms
panderage, noun
panderingly, adverb
panderism, noun
panderly, adjective
Can be confused
panda, pander.
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Examples from the web for pandering
  • However, the politicians figure they could get themselves re-elected by pandering to greens and lobbyists.
  • pandering to social misinformation in media is what needs to be regulated, not personal choice.
  • Science spending by a deficit-ridden, broke government is mere pandering for votes.
  • Characters are never fully brought to life, and there is a rather cynical pandering to prurience.
  • As has been reported in this blog already, politicians are feeling the heat from drivers, and are shamelessly pandering to them.
  • Lack of opinion and pandering do not win in the digital age.
  • The goal is audience maximization, and the consequence is often a pandering to the lowest common denominator.
  • The last thing they want to be accused of is pandering.
  • Right, but certain changes may only be pandering to the public at large, or to political correctness.
  • Voters and lawmakers may be moved by the stories or turned off by what they see as emotional pandering.
British Dictionary definitions for pandering

pander

/ˈpændə/
verb
1.
(intransitive) foll by to. to give gratification (to weaknesses or desires)
2.
(archaic when transitive) to act as a go-between in a sexual intrigue (for)
noun
3.
a person who caters for vulgar desires, esp in order to make money
4.
a person who procures a sexual partner for another; pimp
Word Origin
C16 (n): from PandarePandarus
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Word Origin and History for pandering

pander

n.

"arranger of sexual liaisons, one who supplies another with the means of gratifying lust," 1520s, "procurer, pimp," from Middle English Pandare (late 14c.), used by Chaucer ("Troylus and Cryseyde"), who borrowed it from Boccaccio (who had it in Italian form Pandaro in "Filostrato") as name of the prince (Greek Pandaros), who procured the love of Cressida (his niece in Chaucer, his cousin in Boccaccio) for Troilus. The story and the name are medieval inventions. Spelling influenced by agent suffix -er.

v.

"to indulge (another), to minister to base passions," c.1600, from pander (n.). Related: Pandered; pandering.

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pandering in Medicine

Pander Pan·der (pän'dər), Christian Heinrich. 1794-1865.

Russian-born German anatomist and pioneer embryologist. With Karl Ernst von Baer he discovered the distinct structural layers of the chick embryo.

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