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 punditry (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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a moral question that has puzzled the pundits throughout the ages the new mini laptop has gotten a thumbs-up from industry pundits
Recent Examples on the Web Awards pundits every year keep a close eye on the Best Film Editing category at the Oscars, as there's a strong correlation between being nominated in this category and ultimately taking Best Picture. TheWeek, "Once Upon a Time ... in Hollywood," 13 Jan. 2020 Nevertheless, the government’s unambitious climate policies are one reason Mr Morrison clung onto his job at a general election in May, when pundits had expected a big victory for the Labor Party. The Economist, "A burning question Why was Australia’s government so ill-prepared for the bushfires?," 11 Jan. 2020 Even though the polls consistently showed him to be a top-tier contender, pundits generally concluded that Sanders couldn’t win. Gilbert Garcia, ExpressNews.com, "Why Bernie Sanders has the Democratic field running scared," 11 Jan. 2020 Sparks have yet to ignite although the GOP primary is just two months away and the stakes are very high: The GOP winner will go head to head with a senator -- Jones -- whom national pundits dub as the chamber’s most vulnerable incumbent. al, "Alabama Senate race: Intriguing theater or snoozer sequel?," 8 Jan. 2020 Reporters and pundits cover politics by analyzing how politicians succeed and fail as spokespeople and media figures. Greg Jackson, Harper's magazine, "Vicious Cycles," 6 Jan. 2020 Some teams have overachieved and impressed pundits around the sport. Lucas Aulbach, The Courier-Journal, "For Louisville basketball fans: Catching up with the rest of the ACC during the break," 23 Dec. 2019 While those were largely pundit-free, given the wall-to-wall hearing schedule, those watching on social media aggressively dove in. Anchorage Daily News, "Fact-based impeachment can’t penetrate the pro-Trump Web," 14 Dec. 2019 In the lead-up to the 2020 elections, pundits and politicians on the left and right have been asking how best to fix capitalism. Sheelah Kolhatkar, The New Yorker, "The Ultra-Wealthy Who Argue That They Should Be Paying Higher Taxes," 30 Dec. 2019

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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 2020

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“Pundit.” The Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster Inc., https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/pundit. Accessed 20 January 2020.

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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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