American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, Fourth Edition
- n. A source of opinion; a critic: a political pundit.
- n. A learned person.
- n. Hinduism Variant of pandit.
Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia
- n. 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.
- n. historical A native surveyor in British India, trained to carry out clandestine surveillance beyond British borders.
GNU Webster's 1913
- n. India 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.
- n. someone who has been admitted to membership in a scholarly field
- From Hindi पण्डित (paṇḍit), from Sanskrit पण्डित (paṇḍitá, "scholar, learned man, teacher, philosopher"). (Wiktionary)
- Hindi paṇḍit, learned man, from Sanskrit paṇḍitaḥ, learned, scholar, perhaps of Dravidian origin. (American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, Fourth Edition)
“My twelve hundred page English Dictionary tells me "pundit" comes from the Hindu 'paydit' which is from the Sanskrit 'paydita', a learned man.”
“But newspapers who run her columns and television programs that have turned to Coulter for colorful political commentary should consider whether this kind of pundit is what the public needs and deserves.”
“OH BOY -- Today in pundit fever dreams: Jeremy Lott writes at Daily Caller that Gray is a "free-spending throwback to uglier times" who "rode a wave of black resentment against [Adrian Fenty] 's supposed kowtowing to white interests" and "would move to gut Fenty's education reforms as a sop to the DC teachers 'union.”
“I think you could blend the ideas of the predictions registry and hypotheticals registry by creating a futures market in pundit predictions.”
“To see him as a cosy or complacent pundit is unimaginable.”
“Anyone who believes a pundit is serving anything other than their own self interest is a fool.”
“Every unelected, non-partisan pundit is actually surprised at how moderate this administration has been.”
“It seems that in pundit-land, what you say is never evaluated for what it means on its face.”
“Will somebody up there in pundit fill ask their panelists that question – weak or strong administration?”
““[P] oof … [M] y career as a pundit is over before it began.””
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