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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Baseball pundits once believed a middle infielder was necessarily a player of slight build who slapped singles to the opposite field. Colin Fleming, WSJ, "Jackie Robinson, the Complete Ballplayer," 30 Jan. 2019 Fox News has constantly cast doubt on Ford’s memory, while avoiding a direct attack on her Fox News pundits have been careful not to explicitly say Ford is lying. Alvin Chang, Vox, "Fox News won’t say Kavanaugh’s accuser, Christine Blasey Ford, is lying. They say she’s misremembering.," 21 Sep. 2018 But most draft pundits have the Kings selecting Slovenian wing player Luka Doncic in the first round – with general manager Vlade Divac's European background tipping the scales in favor of the 19-year-old. Jason Jones, sacbee, "Michael Porter Jr. to meet with Kings; Luka Doncic riles up analysts with talk about future | The Sacramento Bee," 17 May 2018 All three general elections will appear on your favorite pundit's list of Intriguing Races to Watch, since all three incumbents are Democrats whose states went for Donald Trump in 2016. Jay Willis, GQ, "How a Candidate Who Out-Trumps Trump Might Win West Virginia's Republican Senate Primary, Explained," 7 May 2018 Most pundits thought Ricardo Anaya, the centrist candidate, gave the best performance, but polling gives Andrés Manuel López Obrador, the left’s man, a lead of up to 20 percentage points. The Economist, "Politics this week," 26 Apr. 2018 High on top receivers Most pundits consider Alabama’s Calvin Ridley and Maryland’s DJ Moore to be the two top wide receivers in the 2018 draft class. Jeff Zrebiec, baltimoresun.com, "Ravens notes: Free-agent Campanaro to visit Titans as former team remains in market for a WR," 4 Apr. 2018 The movie bombed commercially though, grossing $12 million, and most Oscar pundits figured Washington would be forgotten. Glenn Whipp, latimes.com, "Surprised by these 5? The stories behind a quintet of unexpected Oscar nominees," 25 Jan. 2018 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

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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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