pun·​dit | \ ˈpən-dət How to pronounce pundit (audio) \

Definition of pundit

1 : pandit
2 : a learned person : teacher
3 : a person who gives opinions in an authoritative manner usually through the mass media : critic

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punditry \ ˈpən-​də-​trē How to pronounce pundit (audio) \ noun

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The original pundits were highly respected teachers and leaders in India. Their title was taken from the Hindi word pandit, a term of respect for a wise person that itself derives from the Sanskrit pandita, meaning "learned." English speakers began using the form pundit specifically to refer to those Hindu sages as long ago as the 1600s. By the 1800s, they had also extended the term to refer to other sagacious individuals, and now pundit is often used with a hint of sarcasm to refer to informed opinion makers (such as political commentators, financial analysts, and newspaper columnists) who boldly share their views (sometimes at great length) on just about any subject that lies within their areas of expertise.

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Recent Examples on the Web Former Major League Baseball player JP Arencibia and right-wing pundit Tomi Lahren announced their engagement over the weekend. Usa Today Sports, USA TODAY, 28 Sep. 2021 Transpose the Love incident to a Young Americans for Freedom conference in 2001 or 1981 and no right-wing pundit would be warning against prudishness. Bonnie Kristian, The Week, 28 July 2021 Winston Marshall, the guitarist and banjo player of Mumford & Sons, is officially leaving the group after initially taking a leave of absence in light of a controversy that stemmed from his support of a right-wing pundit. Nick Romano, EW.com, 24 June 2021 Many people, even right-wing pundit Ben Shapiro, criticized this statement. Lydia Wang, refinery29.com, 15 June 2021 On Sunday, Eric Zemmour, a former journalist and far-right political pundit with tough views on immigration had his first campaign rally as candidate for the French presidential election. Zoe Chevalier, ABC News, 11 Dec. 2021 In an interview with Fox Business, John Catsimatidis, a conservative pundit and billionaire CEO, revealed very simply what his C-suite colleagues are doing. Faiz Shakir, The New Republic, 22 Nov. 2021 Virtually every political pundit looking at the national political environment is predicting that Republicans are a favorite to retake control of the House and are a decent bet to swing the Senate as well. Chris Cillizza, CNN, 18 Nov. 2021 In October, a video of a right-wing political pundit claiming a Delta Airlines pilot died during a flight went viral on social media. Miriam Fauzia, USA TODAY, 6 Nov. 2021

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First Known Use of pundit

1661, in the meaning defined at sense 1

History and Etymology for pundit

Hindi paṇḍit, from Sanskrit paṇḍita, from paṇḍita learned

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19 Jan 2022

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“Pundit.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/pundit. Accessed 27 Jan. 2022.

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English Language Learners Definition of pundit

: a person who knows a lot about a particular subject and who expresses ideas and opinions about that subject publicly (such as by speaking on television and radio shows)

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