a learned person, expert, or authority.
a person who makes comments or judgments, especially in an authoritative manner; critic or commentator.

1665–75; < Hindi paṇḍit < Sanskrit paṇḍita learned man, (adj.) learned

punditic, adjective
punditically, adverb

pendant, pendent, pennant, pundit.

1. sage, guru, savant.
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pundit (ˈpʌndɪt)
1.  an expert
2.  (formerly) a learned person
3.  Also called: pandit a Brahman learned in Sanskrit and, esp in Hindu religion, philosophy or law
[C17: from Hindi pandit, from Sanskrit pandita learned man, from pandita learned]

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Word Origin & History

1672, "learned Hindu," especially one versed in Sanskrit lore, from Hindi payndit "a learned man, master, teacher," from Skt. payndita-s "a learned man, scholar," of unknown origin. Broader application in Eng. is first recorded 1816.
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Example sentences
On the other hand, try to find a politician or political pundit who admits that
  their biases were wrong in the slightest way.
The average stock market pundit isn't typically this wrong.
More recently, he has become the go-to pundit for people lamenting the social
  changes wrought by modern technology.
He remained more intent upon becoming a player and pundit, types to which the
  network had never catered, than a host or reporter.
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