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commentary

[kom-uh n-ter-ee] /ˈkɒm ənˌtɛr i/
noun, plural commentaries.
1.
a series of comments, explanations, or annotations:
a commentary on the Bible; news followed by a commentary.
2.
an explanatory essay or treatise:
a commentary on a play; Blackstone's commentaries on law.
3.
anything serving to illustrate a point, prompt a realization, or exemplify, especially in the case of something unfortunate:
The dropout rate is a sad commentary on our school system.
4.
Usually, commentaries. records of facts or events:
Commentaries written by Roman lawyers give us information on how their courts functioned.
Origin
late Middle English
1375-1425
1375-1425; late Middle English commentaries (plural) < Latin commentārium notebook, noun use of neuter of commentārius, equivalent to comment(um) comment + -ārius -ary
Related forms
commentarial
[kom-uh n-tair-ee-uh l] /ˌkɒm ənˈtɛər i əl/ (Show IPA),
adjective
supercommentary, noun, plural supercommentaries.
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  • Though it did not survive, a few scattered commentaries on the epic did.
  • These commentaries reflect the biblical focus of monastic life.
British Dictionary definitions for commentaries

commentary

/ˈkɒməntərɪ; -trɪ/
noun (pl) -taries
1.
an explanatory series of notes or comments
2.
a spoken accompaniment to a broadcast, film, etc, esp of a sporting event
3.
an explanatory essay or treatise on a text
4.
(usually pl) a personal record of events or facts: the commentaries of Caesar
Derived Forms
commentarial (ˌkɒmənˈtɛərɪəl) adjective
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Word Origin and History for commentaries

commentary

n.

1530s, from Middle French commentaire, or directly from Latin commentarius "notebook, annotation; diary, memoir," noun use of adjective, "relating to comments," from commentum (see comment (n.)). Perhaps the Latin noun is short for volumen commentarium. Originally in English as an adjective (early 15c.).

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