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comment (n.)

late 14c., "explanation, spoken or written remark," from Old French coment "commentary" or directly from Late Latin commentum "comment, interpretation," in classical Latin "invention, fabrication, fiction," neuter past participle of comminisci "to contrive, devise," from com-, here perhaps an intensive prefix (see com-), + base of meminisse "to remember," related to mens (genitive mentis) "mind" (from PIE root *men- (1) "to think").

The Latin word meaning "something invented" was taken by Isidore and other Christian theologians for "interpretation, annotation." No comment as a stock refusal to answer a journalist's question is first recorded 1950, from Truman's White House press secretary Charles Ross.

Origin and meaning of comment

comment (v.)

early 15c.,"expound, explain, make remarks or notes upon" (transitive), from Medieval Latin commentare, alternative form of Latin commentari "consider thoroughly, think over, discuss, write upon," from commentum "comment, interpretation" (see comment (n.)). Related: Commented; commenting.

Origin and meaning of comment

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Definitions of comment
1
comment (v.)
make or write a comment on;
he commented the paper of his colleague
Synonyms: notice / remark / point out
comment (v.)
explain or interpret something;
comment (v.)
provide interlinear explanations for words or phrases;
Synonyms: gloss / annotate
2
comment (n.)
a statement that expresses a personal opinion or belief or adds information;
from time to time she contributed a personal comment on his account
Synonyms: remark / input
comment (n.)
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
Synonyms: commentary
comment (n.)
a report (often malicious) about the behavior of other people;
Synonyms: gossip / scuttlebutt
From wordnet.princeton.edu