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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
Pundits were predicting up to a dozen well-qualified candidates, including veteran city politicians, state lawmakers and stars of the business and entrepreneurial world would make the race.
The move sparked outrage from environmentally conscious political pundits and musicians alike, including John Legend, Ellie Goulding, Jack Antonoff, Bette Midler, Moby and more.
The sometimes cringeworthy shots of real-life political pundits like Van Jones and Gloria Borger reading scripts about the faux election is far too familiar.
Spicer's press room paean to his boss prompted rounds of mocking and alarm on Twitter and from cable-news pundits, some of whom compared this breathless praise to North Korean propaganda promoting the Dear Leader.
Nonetheless, financial pundits viewed the action as heralding a sea change in market psychology, tied to new evidence of the Trump administration’s inability to get tax cuts done.
For Gabe Fleisher is not a Washington pundit or a producer for CNN, but a 15-year-old freshman at a St. Louis high school.
As more reporters and activists contact companies that advertise on Sean Hannity's television show, more companies are yanking their support for the conservative host whose coverage of a murder last year has irked liberal pundits.
The pundits of the Education Establishment have failed to provide leadership in this area.
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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
Hindi paṇḍit, from Sanskrit paṇḍita, from paṇḍita learned
First Known Use: 1661
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)
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