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gerrymander

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The original cartoon that coined the term gerrymander

English

Etymology

From (Elbridge) Gerry + (sala)mander, from the similarity in shape to a salamander of an electoral district created when Gerry was the governor of Massachusetts

Pronunciation

Note: Elbridge Gerry's surname was pronounced with a hard g (g, /ɡ/, /g/) but gerrymander is pronounced with a soft g (enPR: j, IPA: /dʒ/, SAMPA: /dZ/)

Verb

Infinitive
to gerrymander

Third person singular
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Simple past
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Past participle
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to gerrymander (third-person singular simple present -, present participle -, simple past and past participle -)
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  1. (transitive) To divide a geographic area into voting districts in such a way as to give an unfair advantage to one party in an election.
  2. (transitive, Template loop detected: Template:context 1) To draw dividing lines for other types of districts in an unintuitive way to favor a particular group or for other perceived gain.
    The superintendent helped gerrymander the school district lines in order to keep the children of the wealthy gated community in the better school all the way across town.

Noun

Singular
gerrymander

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  1. The act of gerrymandering.
    By this iniquitous practice, which is known as the gerrymander, the party in a minority in each State is allowed to get only about one-half or one-quarter of its proper share of representation.
  2. A voting district skewed by gerrymandering.
    Any citizen looking at a map of district 12 could immediately tell that it was a gerrymander because of the ridiculous way it cut across 4 counties while carving up neighborhoods in half.

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