What does commentary mean?

Definitions for commentary
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.


  1. commentary

    Commentary refers to the act of providing opinion, analysis, or explanation on a particular subject or event. It involves offering insights, reflections, or evaluations to aid the understanding and interpretation of a given topic. Commentary can be found in various forms, such as written articles, speeches, broadcasts, or online discussions, and is often expressed by experts, commentators, journalists, or individuals with knowledge or expertise in the field being discussed. Its purpose is to contribute to the ongoing dialogue and provide additional context, viewpoints, or critical assessments on a subject matter.

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. Alex Garland:

    There’s a commentary and in the commentary a desire to be part of a broader conversation that we ought to be having and are having, which is, you could roughly say is about surveillance, a sense that we’re giving up a lot of ourselves to things that we don’t understand, those things understand a lot about us but we don’t understand much about them.

  2. Scott Ruesterholz:

    I write conservative commentary because I have a vision of what I think can make the country and world a better place. Fiction can be a tool to expose readers to new ideas and shift perspectives while also entertaining, while my novel is not a pure political commentary, I do hope it elevates questions about the role of government, corporations, and integrity of institutions, which has also been a focus of my past commentaries.

  3. Lakshheish M Patel:

    Udayan has indirectly hinted the stock market fall for the next 6 month . Only who can read between the lines has understood his remarks and commentary

  4. Francis Quarles:

    Read not books alone, but men, and amongst them chiefly thyself. If thou find anything questionable there, use the commentary of a severe friend rather than the gloss of a sweet lipped flatterer; there is more profit in a distasteful truth than in deceitful sweetness.

  5. Derek Karpel:

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

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