1 remark, reference, animadversion, note, annotation, criticism, exposition, explanation, expansion, elucidation, clarification, footnote:
The author's comments on his sources appear in the appendix.
2 commentary, opinion, remark, view, observation, reaction:
The judge's comments are not for publication.
3 remark, observe, opine, say:
He commented that he knew nothing about the minister's private life.
4 comment on or about. discuss, talk about, remark on; reveal, expose:
She declined to comment on what had happened the previous night.
brief | fair, favourable
What she said was (a) fair comment.
| adverse, derogatory, disparaging, hostile, negative, sad, unfair, unfavourable
The attack is a sad comment on the public's understanding of mental illness.
Highly critical comments have been made about the conduct of some ministers. a book with critical comment on the various strands of feminism
| caustic, ironic, sarcastic, sardonic, scathing, wry | constructive, helpful | cryptic | incisive, interesting, perceptive, shrewd | uninformed | general | detailed | casual, off-the-cuff, passing, throwaway
He made a few casual comments to her about her hair and now she's gone and chopped it all off! This idea deserves more than passing comment.
| editorial, official, personal, press, public
Editorial comment in ‘The Guardian’ tended to support the government in this matter.
| written | political, social
Her novels were a vehicle for shrewd social comment.
VERB + COMMENT
have, make, pass
If you have any comments, please send them to the above address. She made a cryptic comment about how the film mirrored her life. I would prefer not to pass comment before I have more information on the case.
| attract, cause, draw, elicit, excite
The programme attracted much adverse comment.
| invite, welcome
The school has invited comments from parents about the new curriculum.
We have received many helpful comments from fellow-sufferers.
She accepted his diagnosis without comment.
| ~ about/on
a general comment on the weather
be available/not available/unavailable for comment
The minister was unavailable for comment last night.
| no comment
When asked about the rumours, the chairman replied, ‘no comment’.
| a source of comment
His visits were the source of much comment. verb
favourably | adversely, critically, unfavourably | bitterly | drily, wryly | publicly
VERB + COMMENT
decline to, refuse to
The minister refused to comment on the affair.
People were commenting about her gifts and abilities.
He commented favourably on the proposals.
She commented to me that she liked it.
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