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Meaning of GERRYMANDER

Pronunciation:  'jeri`mandur

 
WordNet Dictionary
 
 Definition: 
  1. [n]  an act of gerrymandering (dividing a voting area so as to give your own party an unfair advantage)
  2. [v]  divide unfairly and to one's advantage; of voting districts
 

GERRYMANDER is a 11 letter word that starts with G.

 

 See Also: cheat, cheating, divide, part, separate

 

 

Webster's 1913 Dictionary
 
 Definition: 
\Ger`ry*man"der\, v. t. [imp. & p. p.
{Gerrymandered}; p. pr. & vb. n. {Gerrymandering}.]
To divide (a State) into districts for the choice of
representatives, in an unnatural and unfair way, with a view
to give a political party an advantage over its opponent.
[Political Cant, U. S.]

Note: This was done in Massachusetts at a time when Elbridge
      Gerry was governor, and was attributed to his
      influence, hence the name; though it is now known that
      he was opposed to the measure. --Bartlett.

 
Thesaurus Terms
 
 Related Terms: angle, borough, caucus, close borough, congressional district, contrive, election district, engineer, finagle, gerrymandered district, intrigue, jockey, machinate, maneuver, manipulate, play games, plot, pocket borough, politicize, precinct, pull strings, rotten borough, safe district, scheme, silk-stocking district, single-member district, swing district, wangle, ward
 

 

 

 

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