Definition of commentary in English:


Line breaks: com|men|tary
Pronunciation: /ˈkɒmənt(ə)ri

noun (plural commentaries)

  • 1An expression of opinions or offering of explanations about an event or situation: a biting social commentary about the divide between rich and poor an editorial commentary [mass noun]: a narrative overlaid with commentary
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    • We excluded editorials, commentaries, articles for debate and education, narrative reviews, letters, and case reports.
    • What can one say about this dismal situation in an editorial or a commentary?
    • The aim, of course, was to ensure that the angle of every report, quite apart from the editorials and commentaries, should reinforce the papers' political agendas.
  • 1.1A descriptive spoken account (especially on a broadcast) of an event or performance as it happens: a live commentary on radio
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    • John Motson has been a television football commentator for the BBC since 1971, and has recently started doing radio match commentaries for BBC Radio Five Live.
    • He will also present other sports programmes for BBC London, fitting them into his schedule of commentaries for BBC Radio Five Live.
    • Green has been providing his unique commentaries for Radio Five since it started in 1994 and will continue to do so.
    narration, description, account, report, review, analysis
  • 1.2A set of explanatory or critical notes on a text: a commentary on the Old Testament
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    • The commentary to both texts notes that significant harm need not be substantial but must be ‘more than trivial’.
    • The Javanese system comprises thousands of Islamic boarding schools that have been set up to teach the core texts of Islam, along with critiques and commentaries on those texts.
    • If only Brian Herbert would follow the example of Christopher Tolkien and publish the notes along with other commentaries.
    explanation, explication, elucidation, exegesis, examination, interpretation, analysis; criticism, critical analysis, critique, assessment, appraisal, opinion; notes, footnotes, comments, weblog, blog, vlog
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late Middle English: from Latin commentarius, commentarium (adjective, used as a noun), from commentari, frequentative of comminisci 'devise'.

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