Meaning of pundit


A pundit is a well-known expert, someone whose opinions show up on television, online, or in the newspaper. Some TV news programs are nothing more than a bunch of pundits arguing about current events.

Why not just call them experts? Because pundit is a lovely word that is very close to its Sanskrit root, payndita-s, “learned man or scholar.” Originally, a pundit was a “learned Hindu” or Sanskrit expert. Today’s classic examples of the pundit are guests on talk radio and professional sports commentators, all brilliant dispensers of insights, statistics, and occasional hot air.

Definitions of pundit
  1. noun

    a person with special knowledge or ability who performs skillfully



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    ace, adept, champion, genius, hotshot, maven, mavin, sensation, star, superstar, virtuoso, whiz, whizz, wiz, wizard

    someone who is dazzlingly skilled in any field

    an expert in soil management and field-crop production
    all arounder, all-rounder

    a versatile person who is expert at many things

    someone who is skilled at analyzing data

    an expert who studies financial data (on credit or securities or sales or financial patterns etc.) and recommends appropriate business actions

    an expert in anatomy
    antiquarian, antiquary, archaist

    an expert or collector of antiquities
    arbiter, supreme authority

    someone with the power to settle matters at will
    archer, bowman

    a person who is expert in the use of a bow and arrow

    an expert whose views are taken as definitive
    black belt

    a person who attained the rank of expert in the martial arts (judo or karate)
    cabalist, kabbalist

    an expert who is highly skilled in obscure or difficult or esoteric matters
    calculator, computer, estimator, figurer, reckoner

    an expert at calculation (or at operating calculating machines)

    someone who is expert in climatology
    computer expert, computer guru

    an authority on computers and computing

    an expert in the use of cosmetics
    efficiency engineer, efficiency expert

    an expert in increasing the efficient use of machines and personnel

    a person skilled in exegesis (especially of religious texts)

    an expert in genealogy

    an expert on geography
    horticulturist, plantsman

    an expert in the science of cultivating plants (fruit or flowers or vegetables or ornamental plants)

    someone who investigates
    jurist, legal expert

    a legal scholar versed in civil law or the law of nations
    lapidarist, lapidary

    an expert on precious stones and the art of cutting and engraving them
    logician, logistician

    a person skilled at symbolic logic

    an expert in the use of mnemonics; someone able to perform unusual feats of memory

    an expert on mythology

    an intelligent but single-minded expert in a particular technical field or profession
    commentator, observer

    an expert who observes and comments on something

    someone who is excellent at something

    an expert in parliamentary rules and procedures
    past master

    someone who has long and thorough experience in a given activity

    an expert in prosthetics

    an expert in the study of ferns
    guide, pathfinder, scout

    someone who can find paths through unexplored territory

    a person who is unusually skilled in certain ways
    shooter, shot

    a person who shoots (usually with respect to their ability to shoot)
    specialiser, specialist, specializer

    an expert who is devoted to one occupation or branch of learning

    a person who possesses unusual innate ability in some field or activity

    someone known for high skill in some intellectual or artistic technique

    an expert who is a member of a highly skilled elite group
    healer, therapist

    a person skilled in a particular type of therapy
    old hand, old stager, old-timer, oldtimer, stager, veteran, warhorse

    an experienced person who has been through many battles; someone who has given long service
    enologist, fermentologist, oenologist

    a specialist in wine making

    a therapist who practices naprapathy

    a person who adds numbers
    adjuster, adjustor, claim agent, claims adjuster, claims adjustor

    one who investigates insurance claims or claims for damages and recommends an effective settlement
    adviser, advisor, consultant

    an expert who gives advice

    a therapist who makes suffering more endurable
    credit analyst

    an analyst who studies the financial statements and financial history of applicants for credit in order to evaluate their creditworthiness
    financial analyst, securities analyst

    an analyst who studies the financial performance of corporations
    industry analyst

    an analyst of conditions affecting a particular industry
    market analyst

    an analyst of conditions affecting a market (especially the stock market)

    a commentator who writes notes to a text

    an analyst who assays (performs chemical tests on) metals

    a specialist assigned to the staff of a diplomatic mission
    number cruncher

    someone able to perform complex and lengthy calculations

    a specialist in canon law
    cartographer, map maker

    a person who makes maps

    a therapist who practices chiropractic
    comparative anatomist

    anatomist who compares the anatomy of different animals
    cognoscente, connoisseur

    an expert able to appreciate a field; especially in the fine arts
    coroner, medical examiner

    a public official who investigates by inquest any death not due to natural causes

    a specialist in criminology

    a specialist in crystallography

    a Mexican woman who practices healing techniques inherited from the Mayans

    a Mexican man who practices healing techniques inherited from the Mayans

    an investigator engaged or employed in obtaining information not easily available to the public

    a logician skilled in dialectic
    dietician, dietitian, nutritionist

    a specialist in the study of nutrition
    educationalist, educationist

    a specialist in the theory of education

    someone who specializes in the treatment of disease by electricity
    evaluator, judge

    an authority who is able to estimate worth or quality
    examiner, inspector

    an investigator who observes carefully
    fingerprint expert, fingerprint man, fingerprint specialist

    a specialist in identifying fingerprints
    gardener, nurseryman

    someone who takes care of a garden

    a specialist in the study of Germanic language or culture or literature
    designer, graphic designer

    someone who specializes in graphic design
    graphologist, handwriting expert

    a specialist in inferring character from handwriting

    anatomist who specializes in the microscopic study of animal tissues
    herb doctor, herbalist

    a therapist who heals by the use of herbs
    high priest

    a preeminent authority or major proponent of a movement or doctrine
    hunting guide

    guide to people hunting in unfamiliar territory
    intelligence analyst

    a government analyst of information about an enemy or potential enemy
    decorator, designer, house decorator, interior decorator, interior designer, room decorator

    a person who specializes in designing architectural interiors and their furnishings

    a specialist in the study of freshwater ponds and lakes

    an authority on liturgies

    a medieval English archer who used a longbow
    crack shot, marksman, sharpshooter

    someone skilled in shooting
    master, professional

    an authority qualified to teach apprentices

    a specialist who studies processes in the earth’s atmosphere that cause weather conditions

    a jurist who interprets Muslim religious law

    a therapist who practices naturopathy

    a government appointee who investigates complaints by private persons against the government
    oculist, optometrist

    a person skilled in testing for defects of vision in order to prescribe corrective glasses

    a specialist in oriental subjects
    osteologer, osteologist

    an anatomist who is skilled is osteology
    osteopath, osteopathist

    a therapist who manipulates the skeleton and muscles
    physical therapist, physiotherapist

    therapist who treats injury or dysfunction with exercises and other physical treatments of the disorder
    clinical psychologist, psychotherapist

    a therapist who deals with mental and emotional disorders

    a traditional Zulu healer and respected elder
    gun, gunman

    a person who shoots a gun (as regards their ability)
    speech therapist

    a therapist who treats speech defects and disorders
    actuary, statistician

    someone versed in the collection and interpretation of numerical data (especially someone who uses statistics to calculate insurance premiums)

    a person who subtracts numbers
    syllogiser, syllogist, syllogizer

    logician skilled in syllogistic reasoning
    symbolic logician

    a person skilled at symbolic logic
    systems analyst

    a person skilled at systems analysis

    a specialist in the history of the Teutonic people or language (especially with respect to the Teutonic influence on the history of England)
    track star

    a star runner

    someone who marks a trail by leaving blazes on trees

    a person who engages in shooting at clay pigeons that are hurled into the air by a trap
    arborist, tree surgeon

    a specialist in treating damaged trees
    UNIX guru

    an expert on the UNIX operating system
    type of:

    individual, mortal, person, somebody, someone, soul

    a human being

  2. noun

    someone who has been admitted to membership in a scholarly field


    initiate, learned person, savant

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    a person of great and varied learning
    type of:

    bookman, scholar, scholarly person, student

    a learned person (especially in the humanities); someone who by long study has gained mastery in one or more disciplines

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