Etymology
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pundit (n.)

1670s, "learned Hindu," especially one versed in Sanskrit lore, science, law, or religion, from Hindi payndit "a learned man, master, teacher," from Sanskrit payndita-s "a learned man, scholar," a word of uncertain origin. Broader application in English to "any learned man" is recorded by 1816. Related: Punditry.

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Definitions of pundit

pundit (n.)
someone who has been admitted to membership in a scholarly field;
Synonyms: initiate / learned person / savant
From wordnet.princeton.edu