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pander

[ pan-der ]
/ ˈpæn dər /
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verb (used without object)
to cater to or profit from the weaknesses or vices of others: to pander to the vile tastes of the vulgar masses.
verb (used with object)
to act as a pimp or procurer of clients for (a prostitute).
noun
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Origin of pander

First recorded in 1325–75; earlier pandar(e), generalized use of Middle English name Pandare Pandarus

OTHER WORDS FROM pander

pan·der·age, nounpan·der·ism, nounpan·der·ly, adjective

WORDS THAT MAY BE CONFUSED WITH pander

panda, pander
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British Dictionary definitions for pander

pander
/ (ˈpændə) /

verb
(intr foll by to) to give gratification (to weaknesses or desires)
(archaic when tr) to act as a go-between in a sexual intrigue (for)
noun Also: panderer
a person who caters for vulgar desires, esp in order to make money
a person who procures a sexual partner for another; pimp

Word Origin for pander

C16 (n): from Pandare Pandarus
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