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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But even before it was published, politicians and political pundits rushed to their respective corners, seizing on Tweet-sized snippets that would back up their pre-existing viewpoints. Issie Lapowsky, WIRED, "Inspector General Criticizes FBI and Comey, But Some Want More," 14 June 2018 The Trump White House has set the tone, and far too many politicians and pundits are dancing to the tune. Michael S. Roth, Washington Post, "Our graduates should answer cynicism and insults with inquiry and reflection," 29 May 2018 The degree of surprise to which this information was greeted by reporters, politicians and pundits suggests to us that a little remedial education is in order. Chris Stirewalt, Fox News, "Ham sandwiches, yes; presidents, no," 17 May 2018 Politicians and pundits whisper of a hung parliament. The Economist, "Malaysia’s government calls an election," 12 Apr. 2018 Yes, President Trump pardoned conservative pundit Dinesh D’Souza this week, freeing him from the oppression of … serving five years probation after illegally using straw donors to support a Republican candidate for Senate in 2012. Graeme Mcmillan, WIRED, "While You Were Offline: In 2018, Truth Is Stranger Than Fiction," 3 June 2018 Trump began Thursday by announcing his pardon of conservative pundit Dinesh D'Souza, who pleaded guilty in 2014 to violating federal campaign finance law as part of a straw donor scheme. Gregory Krieg, CNN, "Rod Blagojevich and Martha Stewart have a weird amount in common," 31 May 2018 The news came hours after Trump announced a full pardon for conservative political pundit Dinesh D’Souza via the president’s Twitter account. John Patrick Pullen, Fortune, "Trump’s Proposed Stewart and Blagojevich Pardons Aren’t About The Apprentice. And They Aren’t Random, Either," 31 May 2018 West also tweeted admiration for Candace Owens, a conservative pundit who has criticized the Black Lives Matter movement. Daniel Arkin /, NBC News, "Kanye West on President Trump: 'The mob can't make me not love him'," 25 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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