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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
Much of what was revealed was expected and predicted by pundits statewide, but there were some surprises.
Cite other pundits who agree with you to bolster your point.
Tomi Lahren, the conservative talking head and Fox News pundit, dressed up like an American Flag for Halloween.
And there was host Cupp, the right-leaning columnist and former regular CNN political pundit now with her own gig.
Second, the war is mostly infighting among politicos, pundits, politicians, and media people and so far does not necessarily change the realities of the voting public.
But there are a lot of gaps in the action: pundits chatting as the athletes stand around in tracksuits apparently doing nothing.
Immediately, pundits, journalists, and others online began to speculate both seriously and not-quite-as-seriously about whether this was some sort of signal that Comey would be running for office.
Now, Christie has moved on to a potential second act as a TV pundit, a gig that should be easy for him to land.
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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
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
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