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 And second place is meaningful by the unwritten measuring sticks that the punditocracy creates. New York Times, "Democrats Pile on Bernie Sanders as Urgency Grows," 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, "On Missing Julián Castro And Why He Was Needed," 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, "The Best Movies of 2019," 4 Dec. 2019 The conservative punditocracy was swift to portray D’Souza’s indictment as an exercise in political persecution. Time, "President Trump Says He's Pardoning Dinesh D'Souza. Who's That, and What Did He Do?," 31 May 2018 The result, the punditocracy declares, will be a full-out civil war in GOP. Charles J. Sykes, Time, "Charlie Sykes: Roy Moore Signals the End of the Republican Party," 28 Sep. 2017 That was before the punditocracy identified the maniacal following Trump was beginning to attract, or the disdain for establishment party leaders ruminating in The Base, or some formidable combination of both. Jack Holmes, Esquire, "Trump Laid a Despicable Attack on McCain 2 Years Ago. Not Much Has Changed.," 18 July 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 15 Jan. 2021.

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