ADJ. 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. | critical 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. | receive We have received many helpful comments from fellow-sufferers.
PREP. without ~ She accepted his diagnosis without comment. | ~ about/on a general comment on the weather
PHRASES 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.
ADV. favourably | adversely, critically, unfavourably | bitterly | drily, wryly | publicly
VERB + COMMENT decline to, refuse to The minister refused to comment on the affair.
PREP. about People were commenting about her gifts and abilities. | on He commented favourably on the proposals. | to She commented to me that she liked it.