pundit

noun
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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Other Words from pundit

punditry \ ˈpən-​də-​trē \ noun

Synonyms for pundit

Synonyms

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.

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

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Numerous game pundits on YouTube, including videogamedunkey and ProtoMario, have expressed their frustration with Nintendo’s monetization requirements. Julia Alexander, The Verge, "Decision comes ahead of Super Smash Bros. Ultimate launch," 29 Nov. 2018 Some people on the left felt her comments were too little, too late, while conservative pundits (the majority of them male) did their fair share of complaining on Twitter and television. Julyssa Lopez, Glamour, "Taylor Swift and Her Mom Just Voted—and They Want You to Do the Same," 31 Oct. 2018 The arrest put to rest the insane theory, promulgated by some right-wing pundits, that the incendiary devices were a hoax which involved Democrats mailing bombs to themselves. Lynn Yaeger, Vogue, "The Week in Washington: “There’s No Proof of Anything”," 28 Oct. 2018 In recent weeks, the issue has come to a head over online provocateur, pundit, and conspiracy theorist Alex Jones. Timothy B. Lee, Ars Technica, "Op-ed: Alex Jones is a crackpot—but banning him from Facebook might be a bad idea [Updated]," 6 Aug. 2018 The two men are not identified by name in the indictment, but the descriptions of them are consistent with New York radio host Randy Credico and right-wing pundit and conspiracy theorist Jerome Corsi. Dustin Volz, WSJ, "House’s Russia Probe, Cited in Roger Stone Charges, Nearly Derailed Itself," 25 Jan. 2019 According to awards pundits and predictions, Glenn Close is slated to take home this year’s Oscar for Best Actress because of the Academy’s failure to recognize her in the past. Kyndall Cunningham, Glamour, "The Oscar Race Is All About Gaga vs. Glenn—But What About Women of Color?," 22 Jan. 2019 Most importantly, attacks on Abrams keep reporters and pundits from spending too much time looking into Evans’ past as a lawyer at the Bryan Cave law firm. Jason Johnson, The Root, "When White Politicians Profit Off Black Pain and Then Go Begging for Black Votes: Georgia Edition," 9 May 2018 Despite the assurances of pundits and pollsters that Wisconsin, which had not gone for a Republican presidential candidate since 1984, was part of Clinton’s impregnable blue wall, Donald Trump carried the state. Glenn C. Altschuler, Philly.com, "'Fall of Wisconsin': Why Dems lose, and keep on losing," 13 July 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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pundit

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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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