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pundit

Line breaks: pun¦dit
Pronunciation: /ˈpʌndɪt
 
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Definition of pundit in English:

noun

1An expert in a particular subject or field who is frequently called upon to give their opinions to the public: political pundits were tipping him for promotion
More example sentences
  • The pundits frequently suggest that Currie are a side who are not capable of winning the league.
  • After the game the vast majority of experts and pundits were gushing in their praise of the official.
  • Since the war began he has become a regular pundit offering his opinion on American foreign policy.
Synonyms
expert, authority, adviser, member of a think tank, member of a policy unit, specialist, consultant, doyen, master, mentor, guru, sage, savant
informal buff, whizz, boffin
2 variant spelling of pandit.

Origin

from Sanskrit paṇḍita 'learned'.

More
  • A modern pundit is an expert in a particular subject called on to give their opinions about it to the public. The source of the word is Sanskrit pandita ‘learned’, used to describe a learned man versed in Sanskrit law, philosophy, and religion. The ‘learned expert or authority’ sense dates from the early 19th century.

Derivatives

punditry

1
noun
sense 1.
Example sentences
  • The indictment of a former Florida professor on charges of being a terrorist has cast a very different light on some past punditry.
  • Just look at the last four years of punditry if you doubt me.
  • I think we've moved in US political science beyond the point where punditry on these things is sufficient.

Words that rhyme with pundit

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