from the GNU version of the Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • transitive v. To appeal to (base emotions or less noble desires), so as to achieve one's purpose; to exploit (base emotions, such as lust, prejudice, or hate).


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  • In fact, it cannot be denied that many enlightened, and in other respects liberal-minded men, either from early prejudice or from a secret desire to pander to the morbid appetites of the less-informed portion of the American people, denounce with great severity and bitterness any thing said in favor of the state of society, the institutions, or even of the philanthropic efforts which have been or are being made by either the government or people of England.

    Life and Opinions of Julius Melbourn; with Sketches of the Lives and Characters of Thomas Jefferson, John Quincy Adams, John Randolph, and Several Other Eminent American Statesmen

  • With Metellus Numidicus he had kept himself aloof, declining to pander to one Roman’s ego at the expense of another’s — a great disappointment to his host, he sensed at once.

    The First Man in Rome

  • As for the others, it’s purely conjecture, but I can’t see Dalziel compromising an operative of St. Austell’s caliber, or Tregarth’s or Deverell’s for that matter, just to pander to Prinny’s latest whim.”

    The Perfect Lover

  • He was in no mood to pander to the memory of Mary Carson.

    The Thorn Birds

  • To save it, Wolseley was prepared even to pander to the man he loathed as the chief Radical, William Gladstone.

    Three Empires on the Nile


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