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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
And, as pundit Sam Stein noted, an irony is that Trump loves and is obsessed by the press.
Sunstein, having scolded legal colleagues for playing pundit, was reluctant to address the question directly.
Some right-wing bloggers and pundits don’t think Trump has done enough on immigration, a key pillar of his campaign platform.
There may be reasons to vote for such legislation, liberal pundits allowed — but surely a commitment to keeping your word isn’t one.
The consensus among NFL pundits is Ryan Pace got fleeced.
Nearly every lion that heard a political pundit pontificating ran away immediately, and more than half of the frightened lions never returned to finish their meal.
On the cable news channels, the pundit panels that were so busy yapping about the millions of Americans losing their Medicaid instantly disappeared, as if fallen through a secret trap door in the studio.
There is no evidence to bolster that theory, which has also been peddled by some right-wing pundits.
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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: 1661See Words from the same year
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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