pundit was our Word of the Day on 01/24/2016. Hear the podcast!
Theme music by Joshua Stamper ©2006 New Jerusalem Music/ASCAP
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
Recent Examples of pundit from the Web
So Democratic politicians have been relatively silent, as have many of their loyal pundits.
But his support proved stable and the cable news pundits moved on.
The former is a bit of surprise to most pundits, considering the tensions between Trump and the Republican National Committee chairman which have been repeatedly cited throughout his campaign.
Despite the common refrain that Obama made history as the nation’s first post-racial Black candidate, the Obama campaign reflected the ongoing salience of race-consciousness among the electorate, the pundits, and the candidates.
In addition, pundits and journalists including ex-Reds midfielder Danny Murphy have also got Kopites excited recently by claiming a deal could be back on.
A pundit mocks a White House exhibit of advanced technology as ‘tchotchkes.’
Any talk — mostly fueled by Auburn officials, pundits and fans — of Missouri swapping divisions with Auburn amounts to nothing more than idle chatter.
Most importantly, Carlson is saying something pundits, especially conservative ones, rarely say on television: that America must prioritize.
These example sentences are selected automatically from various online news sources to reflect current usage of the word 'pundit.' Views expressed in the examples do not represent the opinion of Merriam-Webster or its editors. Send us feedback.
Did You Know?
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.
Origin and Etymology of pundit
First Known Use: 1661See Words from the same year
Synonymssage, savant, scholar
Related Wordsseer, wise man; polyhistor, polymath, Renaissance man; brain, egghead, genius, highbrow, intellect, intellectual, thinker, whiz, wizard; guru, mahatma, pandit, swami, yogi (also yogin); rabbi; master, mentor, teacher
Near Antonymsblockhead, dodo, dolt, donkey, dope, dumbbell, dummy, dunce, fathead, fool, goon, half-wit, idiot, ignoramus, imbecile, jackass, know-nothing, moron, nincompoop, ninny, nitwit, numskull (or numbskull), pinhead, simpleton, stock, turkey
PUNDIT Defined for English Language Learners
Definition of pundit for English Language Learners
: 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)
Seen and Heard
What made you want to look up pundit? Please tell us where you read or heard it (including the quote, if possible).