pundit

Definitions

  • WordNet 3.6
    • n pundit someone who has been admitted to membership in a scholarly field
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Webster's Revised Unabridged Dictionary
    • n Pundit A learned man; a teacher; esp., a Brahman versed in the Sanskrit language, and in the science, laws, and religion of the Hindoos; in Cashmere, any clerk or native official.
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Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia
    • n pundit A learned Brahman: one versed in the Sanskrit language, and in the science, laws, and religion of India: as, formerly, the Pundits of the supreme court; by extension, any learned man.
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Chambers's Twentieth Century Dictionary
    • n Pundit pun′dit a person who is learned in the language, science, laws, and religion of India: any learned man.
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Quotations

  • James Dye
    James Dye
    “Pundits are on payrolls.”

Etymology

Webster's Revised Unabridged Dictionary
Hind. pandit, Skr. pandita, a learned man
Chambers's Twentieth Century Dictionary
Hind. pandit—Sans. pandita.

Usage

In literature:

It is said that pundits of the highest repute refused to have anything to do with the foreigner.
"Life and Work in Benares and Kumaon, 1839-1877" by James Kennedy
Pundit, do tell the King that the Goddess of Fortune deserts him who gives way to melancholy.
"The Cycle of Spring" by Rabindranath Tagore
Whether he sold the jewels so cheap as the books no one ever knew; but certainly the pundit caste did well out of the sale.
"The Opal Serpent" by Fergus Hume
They say you're quite a pundit about horseflesh.
"Ralph the Heir" by Anthony Trollope
Which of our playwrights are taken seriously by the pundits?
"The Merry-Go-Round" by Carl Van Vechten
Together with the influential Pundit Gobaria they made strong representations to the Jong Pen of Taklakot.
"An Explorer's Adventures in Tibet" by A. Henry Savage Landor
Natesa Sastri, Pundit, 293.
"India, Its Life and Thought" by John P. Jones
It is time to expose the preposterous assurance of the gold-standard pundits.
"The Arena" by Various
I went also too far with the Pundit in arguing against his superstition, for he also grew angry.
"Life of Henry Martyn, Missionary to India and Persia, 1781 to 1812" by Sarah J. Rhea
No one in the Foreign Office, not even the most ancient pundit there, quite knew what he was.
"Marion Fay" by Anthony Trollope
Three of these learned pundits may be seen in consultation in the right-hand corner.
"English Caricaturists and Graphic Humourists of the Nineteenth Century." by Graham Everitt
Meanwhile, the horsey pundit's offered odds seemed not so wisely laid.
"Belford's Magazine, Volume II, No. 8, January, 1889" by Various
But the pundits at last decreed that this must cease.
"Stand Up, Ye Dead" by Norman Maclean
After all, these pundits resemble their predecessors in learning.
"Atlantic Classics, Second Series" by Henry C. Merwin
Is a copy of an original drawing made by a learned Hindoo pundit for Wm.
"Ancient Pagan and Modern Christian Symbolism With an Essay on Baal Worship, On The Assyrian Sacred "Grove," And Other" by Thomas Inman John Newton
Alas for the ill-fated pundit who, forgetting his aim, flounders in the bottomless morass of heterogeneity.
"The Gentle Reader" by Samuel McChord Crothers
The Kashmir Pundits are essentially townspeople, and out of the total number about half live in the city of Srinagar.
"Kashmir" by Sir Francis Edward Younghusband
The pundit, however, to whom would be due a hundred rupees of the thousand if I succeeded, smiled blandly.
"The Flower of Forgiveness" by Flora Annie Steel
Now there was only one canoe in Eshwara, and that belonged to Pundit Ramanund.
"The Hosts of the Lord" by Flora Annie Steel
After dinner he translates a chapter of the Bible with the aid of the chief pundit of the college.
"Lives of Illustrious Shoemakers" by William Edward Winks
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In poetry:

Precisian pundits bid us think
The gods have never been:
The daylight pales the forms that link
The Silence -with the Seen:
"Evensong" by Bernard O Dowd

In news:

In the other corner, we have TV pundits and politicians.
Plenty of pundits predicted Barack Obama would win the 2008 US presidential election.
And, certainly more than most mass media pundits and "journalists".
Because the entire purpose of Newsweek's cover now seems to be a) Generating stories for Fox News pundits to yell about, and b) Royals.
As political pundits speculate about what lies ahead for the Republican Party nationwide, they might do well to examine its rise and fall in California.
Pundits tut-tutting about sexual harassment are sadly silent on the day-to-day workplace inequalities faced by women.
Pundits, politicians, economists, barbers and taxi drivers all speak of the so-called fiscal cliff as if it were a bad thing.
The Los Angeles Times Awards Insider Website (www.theenvelope.com) Polls Respected Writers, Critics and Pundits from USA Today, Rolling Stone, Reuters and Newsday to Predict Golden Globe Awards' Race Frontrunners.
Conservative pundit Ann Coulter draws criticism for calling President Obama "retard" on Twitter.
This year's ballots are mostly counted, and the excuses from analysis-challenged pundits and defeated candidates are fading.
Why I'm Sick of All The Pundits Barking "Steve Jobs Wouldn't Have Done This".
The pundits have proclaimed that the upcoming Presidential election presents the starkest contrast between the candidates of the major parties in generations.
And for once, we agree with the pundits.
Right wing pundit Glenn Beck just may have topped himself this time.
Christopher Hitchens, militant pundit, dies at 62.
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In science:

For example, an interesting case is to allow some players, who might be called pundits, to have more influence on the outcome than others.
The Reality Game
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