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 pundit (audio) \ noun

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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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Recent Examples on the Web Fox News has yet to put the Floridian back on camera following an awkward interview with conservative pundit Tucker Carlson last week. Evan Halper, Los Angeles Times, "Amid sex trafficking probe, Matt Gaetz tests the limits of the Trump playbook," 7 Apr. 2021 In years past, conservative pundit Milo Yiannopoulos was canceled from speaking at the event after comments surfaced that accused him of supporting pedophilia. Matthew Brown, USA TODAY, "What is CPAC? A brief history of the conservative movement’s most influential gathering," 26 Feb. 2021 Anita Asante, who currently plays for Aston Villa in the Women's Super League (WSL) and works as a pundit for the UEFA Women's Champions League (UWCL), explains how Lyon's ability to continually bring in new talent has been key to success. Becky Thompson, CNN, "UEFA Women's Champions League: European powerhouse Lyon's grip on title is facing its biggest challenge," 23 Mar. 2021 The pundit in me also suspects that some early voting is due to exhaustion. Steven P. Dinkin, San Diego Union-Tribune, "Early voting surge: A sign of enthusiasm or exhaustion?," 1 Nov. 2020 Rivera, 77, has been a staple on television and radio since the 1970s as both a correspondent and conservative political pundit. cleveland, "Geraldo Rivera considering run for U.S. Senate in Ohio," 10 Mar. 2021 Staff members were also critical of a Feb. 3 appearance by Bo Dietl, a former New York Police Department detective and conservative pundit. Katie Robertson, New York Times, "Journalists Rebel at NewsNation, a Newcomer in Cable News," 7 Mar. 2021 Hannity, who has prospered from the president’s eagerness to appear on his show, may be the Fox pundit facing the most awkward pivot from a Trump presidency. Jeremy Barr, Washington Post, "What happens to Fox News if Trump loses? Rupert Murdoch is prepared.," 29 Oct. 2020 Enjeti is a young pundit on the rise, with a book, a TV show, and a podcast to his name. Jack Butler, National Review, "Saagar Enjeti’s Superficial Smarts," 2 Oct. 2020

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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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12 Apr 2021

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“Pundit.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/pundit. Accessed 17 Apr. 2021.

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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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