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[puhn-dit] /ˈpʌn dɪt/
a learned person, expert, or authority.
a person who makes comments or judgments, especially in an authoritative manner; critic or commentator.
Origin of pundit
1665-75; < Hindi paṇḍit < Sanskrit paṇḍita learned man, (adj.) learned
Related forms
punditic, adjective
punditically, adverb
Can be confused
pendant, pendent, pennant, pundit.
1. sage, guru, savant. Unabridged
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Examples from the web for pundit
  • 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.
  • It's a pundit vice, induced by easy access to choice venues for the publication of one's thoughts.
  • Throughout this time he kept his eye on the main chance, the prospect of becoming an art pundit.
  • Instant judgments--particularly quick condemnations--are the key to survival in the pundit market.
  • Some of your critics say you are basically an anticorporate pundit.
British Dictionary definitions for pundit


an expert
(formerly) a learned person
Also called pandit. a Brahman learned in Sanskrit and, esp in Hindu religion, philosophy or law
Word Origin
C17: from Hindi pandit, from Sanskrit pandita learned man, from pandita learned
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Word Origin and History for pundit

1670s, "learned Hindu," especially one versed in Sanskrit lore, from Hindi payndit "a learned man, master, teacher," from Sanskrit payndita-s "a learned man, scholar," of uncertain origin. Broader application in English is first recorded 1816. Related: Punditry.

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