pun·​dit | \ ˈpən-dət How to pronounce pundit (audio) \

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 How to pronounce punditry (audio) \ noun

Synonyms for pundit


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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Sanders, meanwhile, must win in New Hampshire to survive with a realistic shot at the nomination, pundits say. oregonlive.com, "Kamala Harris finally surges in her home state, Bernie Sanders struggles in N.H. as polls show turmoil in Democratic race," 17 July 2019 With the uncertainty of Herm Edwards’ first season as a college head coach and some talent losses from the year before, many pundits penciled the Sun Devils into last place in the division. Brian Howell, The Denver Post, "CU Buffs football opponent preview: Herm Edwards laying foundation at Arizona State," 10 July 2019 Many pundits say Amash's district, which is normally solidly Republican, is now up for grabs for him as an independent, the winner of the Republican primary, or even a Democrat. Kathleen Gray, Detroit Free Press, "How Justin Amash's July 4 bombshell is igniting political fireworks," 7 July 2019 After the Warriors swept the Portland Trail Blazers in the Western Conference Finals, without Durant, many pundits thought their fourth title in five years was a mere formality. Sean Gregory/oakland, Time, "The Toronto Raptors Respond to Stephen Curry's Onslaught, Over and Over," 6 June 2019 In November of 2006 Jessica Guynn reported in the San Francisco Chronicle: ... pundits say the political winds have shifted dramatically in high-tech’s favor. James Freeman, WSJ, "Trump Tweet of the Day," 11 Jan. 2019 Doncic is considered by many pundits to be worthy of the second-overall pick. Jason Jones, sacbee, "The Kings are on the road scouting top draft prospects. Who will they look at next?," 7 June 2018 Many draft pundits laud his quickness and agility for a player so big. Larry Holder, NOLA.com, "New Orleans Saints final 2018 mock draft: Focus on defense in early rounds," 23 Apr. 2018 But those same researchers also tend to be more cautious about the future than many pundits. The Economist, "IKEA furniture and the limits of AI," 21 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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