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

Synonyms for pundit


sage, savant, scholar

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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.

Examples of pundit in a Sentence

a moral question that has puzzled the pundits throughout the ages the new mini laptop has gotten a thumbs-up from industry pundits

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Rumors swirled, but really, the best reactions of all belong not to media pundits, but to Twitter. Elizabeth Gulino, House Beautiful, "People Are Straight-Up Panicking Over Those Photos of Joanna Gaines and Jennifer Lopez," 5 Mar. 2019 But Neville, who has temporarily joined ITV as a pundit and analyst for the duration of the World Cup, has suggested that Liverpool might want to steer clear and focus their efforts elsewhere. SI.com, "Gary Neville Warns Liverpool Off 'Lazy' & 'Unprofessional' Summer Target Despite Bargain Price Tag," 18 June 2018 But pundits expect Democrats to make an issue of it as the 2020 presidential election nears. Andrew J. Hawkins, The Verge, "GM is laying off thousands of workers, closing three plants, and ending production of the Chevy Volt," 26 Nov. 2018 The pundits who immediately declared her career over after her principled vote on Friday must have forgotten that Senator Murkowski was re-elected in 2010 by waging a write-in campaign after having lost the Republican primary. Cecile Richards, Teen Vogue, "Cecile Richards Writes Response to Kavanaugh Votes, Thanking Senator Lisa Murkowski," 5 Oct. 2018 And if respected pundits such as Mr Dershowitz would echo their line on Fox News, as of course some would, so much the better. The Economist, "The case against impeachment," 12 July 2018 Still, pundits didn’t give the Pistons much of a chance in the Finals against the Lakers, who’d won the previous two titles and added aging All-Stars Karl Malone and Gary Payton to their core of Kobe Bryant and Shaquille O’Neal. Ryan Ford, Detroit Free Press, "NBA superteams haven't won all the championships: 5 surprise winners," 9 July 2018 While pundits focus on the importance of upgrading workforce skills, kick-starting a cycle of wealth-building by attracting and retaining new businesses is a multipronged effort. Aaron Gilbreath, Longreads, "How Southern Cities Are Joining the Knowledge Economy," 29 June 2018 While national pundits insist the Brewers need to acquire an ace for their rotation, don’t be surprised if Stearns goes for a bat instead. Tom Haudricourt, Milwaukee Journal Sentinel, "Haudricourt: Should Brewers add a bat or an arm? Or both? Those discussions are ongoing," 29 June 2018

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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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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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