Wednesday Word for February 5, 2020

Today’s words come from a random word generator.

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Today’s Word

Part of Speech

noun, verb

Definition

  1. To provide gratification for others’ desires.
  2. A person who caters to or profits from the weaknesses or vices of others.
  3. A person who furnishes clients for a prostitute or supplies persons for illicit sexual intercourse.

History

The word pander was first reportedly used in 1523.

Procure, like many other English words, has a split personality. On the one hand, it may carry a perfectly benign meaning, such as “to obtain” (“she procured supplies”) or “to bring about” (“the settlement was successfully procured”). On the other hand, it has long been used in the specific sense of obtaining someone for, or bringing about, sexually promiscuous purposes. In this regard it is similar to the word pander, which entered the English language with the innocent meaning “a go-between in love intrigues” (the word comes from the name Pandare, a character in Chaucer’s poem Troilus and Criseyde who facilitates the affair between the titular characters), and soon after took on the meaning “pimp.”

~https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/pander

Synonyms

procurer, pimp

Usage and Examples

Here are a few examples:

  • Georgie watched as Jack Duncan pandered to the crowd.
  • Politicians are known to pander to their constituents.

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