pander

Definitions

  • WordNet 3.6
    • v pander arrange for sexual partners for others
    • v pander yield (to); give satisfaction to
    • n pander someone who procures customers for whores (in England they call a pimp a ponce)
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Webster's Revised Unabridged Dictionary
    • Pander A male bawd; a pimp; a procurer. "Thou art the pander to her dishonor."
    • Pander Hence, one who ministers to the evil designs and passions of another. "Those wicked panders to avarice and ambition."
    • v. i Pander To act the part of a pander.
    • v. t Pander To play the pander for.
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Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia
    • n pander One who caters for the lusts of others; a male bawd; a pimp or procurer.
    • n pander Hence One who ministers to the gratification of any of the baser passions of others.
    • pander To cater for the lusts of others.
    • pander To minister to others' passions or prejudices for selfish ends.
    • pander To cater for the gratification of the lusts or passions of; pimp for.
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Chambers's Twentieth Century Dictionary
    • n Pander pan′dėr one who procures for another the means of gratifying his passions: a pimp
    • v.t Pander to play the pander for
    • v.i Pander to act as a pander: to minister to the passions
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Etymology

Webster's Revised Unabridged Dictionary
From Pandarus, a leader in the Trojan army, who is represented by Chaucer and Shakespeare as having procured for Troilus the possession of Cressida

Usage

In literature:

It was she who first broke the silence, her words unconsciously pandering to his suddenly-formed resolution.
"The Song of the Wolf" by Frank Mayer
When we look like Roossian slaves and Austrian panders, we shall feel and act like 'em.
"Punch - Volume 25 (Jul-Dec 1853)" by Various
It is an intolerable matter, beyond all possible sufferance, when religion is made to pander to sensuality and extortion.
"A Supplication for the Beggars" by Simon Fish
Mr. Bignell created no public vices; he merely pandered to what was in existence.
"Christopher Crayon's Recollections The Life and Times of the late James Ewing Ritchie as told by himself" by J. Ewing Ritchie
He has surrounded himself with spies, who pander to his jealous and tyrannical nature.
"Ten Years' Captivity in the Mahdi's Camp 1882-1892" by F. R. Wingate
It's pandering, and makes it hard for the other visitors.
"What a Man Wills" by Mrs. George de Horne Vaizey
They little knew what they were doing by pandering to my boyish vanity in such a way.
"My First Book:" by Various
It is the difference between a pander and a prophet.
"The Book of This and That" by Robert Lynd
It gave a hope to men And pandered to their pride.
"Satan Absolved" by Wilfred Scawen Blunt
She could not understand my brother's propensity or our shame in pandering to it.
"Lost Man's Lane" by Anna Katharine Green
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In poetry:

Not to pander nor to please
Come the needed homilies,
With no lofty argument
Is the fitting message sent,
Through such lips as Morrison's.
"Abram Morrison" by John Greenleaf Whittier
A being to pander and fawn to,
To propitiate, flatter and dread
As a thing that your souls are in pawn to,
A Dealer who traffics the dead;
"A Toast" by Lola Ridge
In David's sweet page, or the Gospels, engage,
Instead of your cards and your dice:
More proper by far, those holy books are,
Than them spotted panders to vice.
"Another Invitation, Or Exhortation To Worship Christ Jesus" by Rees Prichard
Let Romanists all at Confessional kneel,
Let the Jew with disgust turn from it,
Let the mighty Crown Prelate in Church pander zeal,
Let the Mussulman worship Mahomet.
"My Religion" by Anonymous Oceania
Tell Ireland that they lie of us—they slander,
Who say we care not for another’s wrong;
For we are not the men to kneel and pander
To tyranny, because the tyrant’s strong.
"To The Irish Delegates" by Henry Lawson
You, the politician, who, for jealousy or gold,
Or for mean ambition, sell, or see your country sold,
Pandering to the hollow crowd, toadying to the low,
For shame’s sake banish selfishness—give your land a show.
"Give yourself a Show: New Year's Eve" by Henry Lawson

In news:

It was predictable that President Barack Obama would pander again to entitlement sentiments.
Politicians should learn to pronounce 'Appalachia' before pandering to region.
Rios, a Moreno Valley Unified School District board member, was charged with pimping, pandering and rape.
Puffery and Pandering on Israel and Iran Are Not Strategy.
Obama's "Buffett rule" would hurt the women he to whom is trying to pander.
Some critics saw Romney's forays into Southern ways as another example of what some call Romney's "robotic" pandering.
Is the moderate Republican candidate making a late attempt to pander to his party's base.
Search for the Ultimate Survivor is a frustrating mix of sensational science and sensationalistic pandering.
Bills mandating flags, Pledge of Allegiance in schools are pandering 'Facebook issues'.
Democrats say Republicans are talking about President Barack Obama coddling welfare recipients to stir up resentment among white voters and pander to the racists in their base.
There's little doubt the high speed rail plan, passed by a 53-47 percent margin as Proposition 1A in November 2008, was designed to pander to voters in cities not exactly on the straight-line path between Los Angeles and San Francisco.
Paul Bidwell III faces 17 counts of pandering obscenities involving minors.
Pandering to rich people's fearful stereotypes.
Principal Daniel Woolf said the types of flexibility the report is calling for is not meant to pander to students, but rather ease pressures that don't need to be there.
Annual futile tomato gardening/pandering update.
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