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ˈkɒm ənˌtɛr icom·men·ta·ry

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Princeton's WordNet

  1. comment, commentarynoun

    a written explanation or criticism or illustration that is added to a book or other textual material

    "he wrote an extended comment on the proposal"

GCIDE

  1. Commentarynoun

    A single essay, written or spoken, discussing or explaining a topic, especially regarding a recent event; as, the election report was followed by several commentaries from political analysts.

    Etymology: [L. commentarius, commentarium, note book, commentary: cf. F. commentaire. See Comment, v. i.]

  2. Commentarynoun

    Something considered as exemplifying or ilustrating a point or opinion; as, the California recall vote is a sad commentary on the frivolous approach of people to politics.

    Etymology: [L. commentarius, commentarium, note book, commentary: cf. F. commentaire. See Comment, v. i.]

Wiktionary

  1. commentarynoun

    A series of comments or annotations; especially, a book of explanations or expositions on the whole or a part of some other work.

    This letter . . . was published by him with a severe commentary. -Henry Hallam.

    Etymology: commentarius, commentarium, confer commentaire. See comment.

  2. commentarynoun

    A brief account of transactions or events written hastily, as if for a memorandum; -- usually in the plural; as, Caesar's Commentaries on the Gallic War.

    Etymology: commentarius, commentarium, confer commentaire. See comment.

  3. commentarynoun

    An oral description of an event, especially broadcast by television or radio, as it occurs.

    Etymology: commentarius, commentarium, confer commentaire. See comment.

Webster Dictionary

  1. Commentaryverb

    a series of comments or annotations; esp., a book of explanations or expositions on the whole or a part of the Scriptures or of some other work

    Etymology: [L. commentarius, commentarium, note book, commentary: cf. F. commentaire. See Comment, v. i.]

  2. Commentaryverb

    a brief account of transactions or events written hastily, as if for a memorandum; -- usually in the plural; as, Caesar's Commentaries on the Gallic War

    Etymology: [L. commentarius, commentarium, note book, commentary: cf. F. commentaire. See Comment, v. i.]

Freebase

  1. Commentary

    Commentary is a monthly American magazine on politics, Judaism, social and cultural issues. It was founded by the American Jewish Committee in 1945. Besides its strong coverage of cultural issues, it provided a strong voice for the anti-Stalinist left. By 1960 its editor was Norman Podhoretz, originally a mainstream liberal Democrat. He and his magazine moved to the right in the 1970s and 1980s. It became a leading voice of neoconservatism by 1976. Benjamin Balint says it was the "Contentious Magazine That Transformed the Jewish Left Into the Neoconservative Right" Historian Richard Pells says that "no other journal of the past half century has been so consistently influential, or so central to the major debates that have transformed the political and intellectual life of the United States."

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  1. Nouns Frequency

    Rank popularity for the word 'commentary' in Nouns Frequency: #2962

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  1. Chaldean Numerology

    The numerical value of commentary in Chaldean Numerology is: 9

  2. Pythagorean Numerology

    The numerical value of commentary in Pythagorean Numerology is: 1

Examples of commentary in a Sentence

  1. Hiroshi Matthews:

    I like that we meet in izakayas just to talk and don't have to worry about people shouting at the television or listening to the commentary, i am a big basketball fan but I prefer to watch games at home, where I can fully concentrate on them.

  2. Josh Freed:

    This is not a macro economic commentary on air travel demand.

  3. Derek Karpel:

    No one should go into expecting it to be a serious commentary on politics, but it's fun. People should go.

  4. Brad Whitt:

    It was an absolute shock, what a sad commentary on the state of affairs in America – when we cannot even allow the flags to fly if they are in a church building.

  5. Felix Kjellberg:

    I think of the content that I create as entertainment, and not a place for any serious political commentary, though this was not my intention, I understand that these jokes were ultimately offensive.

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