[ puhn-dit ]
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  1. a learned person, expert, or authority: This pundit's formal instruction in history, philosophy, and political science prepared her for activism in many campaigns.

  2. a person who makes comments or judgments, especially in an authoritative manner; critic or commentator: Opinions masquerade as news, while ill-informed pundits and vested interests cloud the issues and bend the truth into pretzels.

Origin of pundit

First recorded in 1665–75; from Hindi paṇḍit, from Sanskrit paṇḍita “learned man” (noun), “learned” (adjective); of uncertain origin; perhaps akin to prajñā́ “knowledge” (see also pro1, know1 )

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See tenet.

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Other words from pundit

  • pun·dit·ic [puhn-dit-ik], /ˌpʌnˈdɪt ɪk/, adjective
  • pun·dit·i·cal·ly, adverb

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British Dictionary definitions for pundit


/ (ˈpʌndɪt) /

  1. an expert

  2. (formerly) a learned person

  1. Also called: pandit a Brahman learned in Sanskrit and, esp in Hindu religion, philosophy or law

Origin of pundit

C17: from Hindi pandit, from Sanskrit pandita learned man, from pandita learned

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