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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 of pundit
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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  • We had to deliver over the province of Kanchanpur to the pundit.

    The Cycle of Spring Rabindranath Tagore
  • See that the rich province of Kanchanpur is settled on the pundit.

    The Cycle of Spring Rabindranath Tagore
  • Lopez thanked the pundit and gave him sixpence,—which made the pundit suspicious.

    The Prime Minister

    Anthony Trollope
  • pundit is the only conversible person on board; and he, poor soul!

  • The time I have given to it would have made me a pundit, if I had gone to work reasonably.'

    The Whirlpool George Gissing
British Dictionary definitions for pundit

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 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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