pander

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English[edit]

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Etymology[edit]

From Chaucer’s character Pandare (in Troilus and Criseyde), from Italian Pandaro (found in Boccaccio), from Latin Pandarus, from Ancient Greek Πάνδαρος (Pándaros). (See also Shakespeare’s Troilus and Cressida).

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Noun[edit]

pander (plural panders)

  1. A person who furthers the illicit love-affairs of others; a pimp or procurer, especially when male. (Later panderer.)
    • 1992, Moncrieff/Kilmartin/Enright, translating Marcel Proust, Swann’s Way, Folio Society 2005, p. 190:
      It was not only the brilliant phalanx of virtuous dowagers, generals and academicians with whom he was most intimately associated that Swann so cynically compelled to serve him as panders.
  2. An offer of illicit sex with a third party.
  3. An illicit or illegal offer, usually to tempt.
  4. (by extension) One who ministers to the evil designs and passions of another.
    • Burke
      Those wicked panders to avarice and ambition.

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Verb[edit]

pander (third-person singular simple present panders, present participle pandering, simple past and past participle pandered)

  1. (intransitive) To offer illicit sex with a third party; to pimp.
  2. (intransitive) To tempt with, to appeal or cater to (improper motivations etc.); to assist in the gratification of.
    His latest speech simply seems to pander to the worst instincts of the electorate.

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Danish[edit]

Pronunciation[edit]

  • IPA(key): /ˈpanə/, [ˈpanə]

Noun[edit]

pander c

  1. plural indefinite of pande

Latin[edit]

(Classical) IPA(key): /ˈpan.der/

Verb[edit]

pander

  1. first-person singular present passive subjunctive of pandō