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 pundit (audio) \ noun

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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
Recent Examples on the Web Other investors include Dan Bongino, a former Secret Service agent and Fox News pundit. New York Times, "How Parler, a Chosen App of Trump Fans, Became a Test of Free Speech," 10 Jan. 2021 My pundit friends forget the nature of the propeller heads. Matthew Continetti, National Review, "Return of the Propeller Heads," 14 Nov. 2020 In the latest Trump loyalty test, Fox News pundit Geraldo Rivera joined the team at Fox & Friends on Friday morning to make a case for naming the COVID-19 vaccine — wait for it — after outgoing U.S. president Trump. Erin Corbett, refinery29.com, "Geraldo Rivera Came Up With A Truly Terrible Name For The COVID-19 Vaccine," 20 Nov. 2020 The pundit of the moment is someone named Katie Halper, who, according to Wikipedia, is a comedian, political observer, radio personality and podcaster. Doug Maccash | Staff Writer, NOLA.com, "Has Amy Coney Barrett culturally appropriated a New York accent? Or is it pure Metairie?," 14 Oct. 2020 One pundit insists that newspapers, radio and television didn’t destroy civilization, and neither will smart phones. John Horgan, Scientific American, "Big Tech, Out-of-Control Capitalism and the End of Civilization," 7 Oct. 2020 After his soccer career, Rossi worked as a pundit for RAI. Jacob Lev, CNN, "Paolo Rossi, Italian soccer great and World Cup winner, has died at the age of 64," 10 Dec. 2020 Yet unlike much of Substack’s most famous names, Stone was more reporter than pundit. Michael J. Socolow, The Conversation, "Substack isn’t a new model for journalism – it’s a very old one," 7 Dec. 2020 Any policymaker, journalist or pundit who fails to see through this charade needs to find another line of work. Michael Hiltzik, Los Angeles Times, "Column: Republicans are complaining (again) about the budget deficit," 4 Dec. 2020

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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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19 Jan 2021

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“Pundit.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/pundit. Accessed 24 Jan. 2021.

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: 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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