pun·​dit·​oc·​ra·​cy | \ ˌpən-dət-ˈä-krə-sē How to pronounce punditocracy (audio) \
plural punditocracies

Definition of punditocracy

: a group of powerful and influential political commentators

Examples of punditocracy in a Sentence

Recent Examples on the Web Both presidents tapped into a populistic impulse among voters and their interpreters in the punditocracy who want nothing more than for the United States to declare the nation’s overseas commitments won and done. Noah Rothman, National Review, 26 Aug. 2021 Or consider the political punditocracy that assumed Donald Trump couldn’t possibly be a serious threat to Hillary Clinton in the 2016 presidential election, and never revised those assumptions. Arthur C. Brooks, The Atlantic, 11 Mar. 2021 If Tanden’s critics have a beef about her administrative skills or qualifications to head the OMB, that’s been barely visible during her confirmation hearings or within the Washington punditocracy. Michael Hiltzik, Los Angeles Times, 24 Feb. 2021 And second place is meaningful by the unwritten measuring sticks that the punditocracy creates. New York Times, 11 Mar. 2020 At the beginning of the 2020 Democratic presidential primary, the boasts of its field being the most diverse in history could be heard on high from party leadership and the ever predictable punditocracy. Michael Arceneaux, Essence, 8 Jan. 2020 What’s more, the popularity of streaming is similarly circular: the sheer quantity of what’s streaming also overwhelms the cinematic punditocracy with the sheer quantity of previewing, sifting, recapping, summarizing, comparing, and listing. Richard Brody, The New Yorker, 4 Dec. 2019 The conservative punditocracy was swift to portray D’Souza’s indictment as an exercise in political persecution. Time, 31 May 2018 The result, the punditocracy declares, will be a full-out civil war in GOP. Charles J. Sykes, Time, 28 Sep. 2017

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First Known Use of punditocracy

1987, in the meaning defined above

History and Etymology for punditocracy

pundit + -cracy

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“Punditocracy.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/punditocracy. Accessed 16 Jan. 2022.

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