lack of knowledge; ignorance.
pun·dit·oc·ra·cy | ˌpən-dət-ˈä-krə-sē
How to pronounce punditocracy (audio) plural punditocracies
Definition of punditocracy
: a group of powerful and influential political commentators
Examples of punditocracy in a Sentence
Recent Examples on the WebThe conservative punditocracy was swift to portray D’Souza’s indictment as an exercise in political persecution. — Time, “President Trump Says He’s Pardoning Dinesh D’Souza. Who’s That, and What Did He Do?,” 31 May 2018 The result, the punditocracy declares, will be a full-out civil war in GOP. — Charles J. Sykes, Time, “Charlie Sykes: Roy Moore Signals the End of the Republican Party,” 28 Sep. 2017 That was before the punditocracy identified the maniacal following Trump was beginning to attract, or the disdain for establishment party leaders ruminating in The Base, or some formidable combination of both. — Jack Holmes, Esquire, “Trump Laid a Despicable Attack on McCain 2 Years Ago. Not Much Has Changed.,” 18 July 2017
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First Known Use of punditocracy
1987, in the meaning defined above
History and Etymology for punditocracy
pundit + -cracy
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Time Traveler for punditocracy
The first known use of punditocracy was in 1987
| noun an effort or striving toward a particular goal or |
dé·grin·go·lade | ˌdā-ˌgraⁿ(ŋ)-gə-ˈläd
Definition of dégringolade
: a rapid decline or deterioration (as in strength, position, or condition) : downfall
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Synonyms & Antonyms for dégringolade
decadence, declension, declination, decline, degeneracy, degeneration, degradation, descent, deterioration, devolution, downfall, downgrade, ebb, eclipse, fall
ascent, rise, upswing
Did You Know?
If dégringolade looks French to you, you have a good eye. We lifted this noun directly from French, and even in English it is usually styled with an acute accent over the first “e,” as in French. The French noun in turn comes from the verb dégringoler (“to tumble down”), which itself derives from the Middle French desgringueler (from des-, meaning “down,” and gringueler, meaning “to tumble”). Although dégringolade retains the sense of a sudden tumble in English, it tends to be applied to more metaphorical situations – a rapid fall from a higher position in society, for example. These days, dégringolade is fairly rare in American English. We rely far more heavily on its familiar synonym downfall.
Examples of dégringolade in a Sentence
the sad dégringolade of the holiday from a solemn day of remembrance to just another excuse to go shopping a sad dégringolade for a theater company that once premiered important American plays
First Known Use of dégringolade
History and Etymology for dégringolade
French, from dégringoler to tumble down, from Middle French desgringueler, from des- de- + gringueler to tumble, from Middle Dutch crinkelen to make curl, from crinc, cring ring, circle