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pundit

[puhn-dit] /ˈpʌn dɪt/
noun
1.
a learned person, expert, or authority.
2.
a person who makes comments or judgments, especially in an authoritative manner; critic or commentator.
3.
Origin
1665-1675
1665-75; < Hindi paṇḍit < Sanskrit paṇḍita learned man, (adj.) learned
Related forms
punditic, adjective
punditically, adverb
Can be confused
pendant, pendent, pennant, pundit.
Synonyms
1. sage, guru, savant.
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British Dictionary definitions for pundits

pundit

/ˈpʌndɪt/
noun
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
Word Origin
C17: from Hindi pandit, from Sanskrit pandita learned man, from pandita learned
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Word Origin and History for pundits

pundit

n.

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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