pun·​dit | \ ˈpən-dət \

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 \ noun

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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.

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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

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Most importantly, attacks on Abrams keep reporters and pundits from spending too much time looking into Evans’ past as a lawyer at the Bryan Cave law firm. Jason Johnson, The Root, "When White Politicians Profit Off Black Pain and Then Go Begging for Black Votes: Georgia Edition," 9 May 2018 Despite the assurances of pundits and pollsters that Wisconsin, which had not gone for a Republican presidential candidate since 1984, was part of Clinton’s impregnable blue wall, Donald Trump carried the state. Glenn C. Altschuler, Philly.com, "'Fall of Wisconsin': Why Dems lose, and keep on losing," 13 July 2018 Nationally, many pundits are predicting that New York or L.A. could get the final match. Gordon Dickson, star-telegram, "This North Texas city is in the running to host the FIFA World Cup final in 2026," 14 June 2018 Many pundits are predicting a blue wave will bring Democrats to power in this year’s congressional elections. Steve Kurtz, Fox News, "Liberals stomping moderates in primaries: Will it hurt Dems in November?," 25 May 2018 The rest of us — say politicians, pundits and scholars — are stagnating. James Freeman, WSJ, "Prosperity and its Temporary Side Effects," 19 Nov. 2018 One of the depressing aspects of the cultural debate sparked by the accusation against Brett Kavanaugh is that so many politicians, pundits and ordinary people have already made up their minds based on very limited information. Howard Kurtz, Fox News, "Rush to judgment: Pols, pundits picking sides on Kavanaugh accusation," 19 Sep. 2018 Bagley is rated no lower than the third best prospect by many draft pundits. Jason Jones, sacbee, "Do the Kings have too many bigs to draft Marvin Bagley III? Not so fast | The Sacramento Bee," 18 May 2018 Johnson's selection mostly was praised by national NFL pundits. Chris Thomas, Detroit Free Press, "Detroit Lions NFL draft grades: What experts think of Day 2 picks," 27 Apr. 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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