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Ideas are fatal to caste.
Edward M. Forster
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Etymology

From Chaucer's character Pandare (in Troilus and Criseyde), from [[w:Template:lang:it language|Template:lang:it]][[Category:Template:lang:it derivations]] Pandaro (found in Boccaccio), from [[w:Template:lang:la language|Template:lang:la]][[Category:Template:lang:la derivations]] Pandarus, from Ancient Greek Πάνδαρος. (See also Shakespeare's Troilus and Cressida)

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Noun

Singular
pander

Plural
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  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.

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Verb

Infinitive
to pander

Third person singular
-

Simple past
-

Past participle
-

Present participle
-

to pander (third-person singular simple present -, present participle -, simple past and past participle -)
  1. (intransitive) To offer illicit sex with a third party; to pimp.
  2. (intransitive) To tempt with, to appeal 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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