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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"


  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.

  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.


  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.

  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.

  3. commentarynoun

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

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

Samuel Johnson's Dictionary

  1. Commentarynoun

    Etymology: commentarius, Latin.

    In religion, scripture is the best rule; and the church’s universal practice, the best commentary. Charles I .

    Vere, in a private commentary which he wrote of that service, testified that eight hundred were slain. Francis Bacon.

    They shew still the ruins of Cæsar’s wall, that reached eighteen miles in length, as he has declared it in the first book of his commentaries. Joseph Addison, on Italy.

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

  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

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


  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. Del Rio:

    He said, ‘ This is something I have done for 11 years. It’s not a form of anything other than me being Del Rio, ’ i told him I very strongly believe in standing for the national anthem. But I respect him as a man and he can do his thing. Well, that doesn't speak very well of Coach Del Rio's character either. The coach respects a man who disrespects the country ? I suspect this will not be the last episode of anti-American activity at NFL games. So I recommend head coaches take immediate action to deter such behavior. If you ride the bench during the Star-Spangled Banner, you should ride the bench for the rest of season. It would be a gutsy move -- but unlikely -- considering the lack of courage and patriotism in the National Football League. Todd Starnes is host of Fox News Commentary. Todd Starnes latest book is.

  2. Marlene Bonnelly:

    I'm trying not to expect anything, because expectations can set us up for disappointment, still, it's easy to have those expectations, given 'The Dark Knight Returns'' status as a Batman classic. The world Miller built is fantastically dark and packed with so much social commentary that several re-reads in, I still feel like I'm finding tidbits relevant to today.

  3. William Jackson:

    People will be looking for any commentary on the impact of trade tensions on the U.S. economy and whether that's already weighing on investment, and on the flattening of the yield curve and what that means.

  4. Donald Trump:

    I assume that when I pick up my telephone, people are listening to my conversations anyway, if you want to know the truth. It's pretty sad commentary, but I err on the side of security.

  5. Jennifer Garlen:

    Jim Henson always had Korean American eye on narratives that could speak to people of all ages, not just children, and Korean American never saw puppetry as merely children's entertainment, there are levels of social commentary, comedy, metaphysics, drama, and psychology in these stories that make them speak to a very broad audience ; you'll also see different things if you revisit them over many years.

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