Monograph vs Commentary - What's the difference?

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As nouns the difference between monograph and commentary

is that monograph is a scholarly book or a treatise on a single subject or a group of related subjects, usually written by one person while commentary is a series of comments or annotations; especially, a book of explanations or expositions on the whole or a part of some other work.

As a verb monograph

is to write a monograph on (a subject).

monograph

Noun

(en noun)
  • A scholarly book or a treatise on a single subject or a group of related subjects, usually written by one person.
  • I had never given much thought to the role of darkness in ordinary human affairs until I read a monograph prepared by John Staudenmaier, a historian of technology and a Jesuit priest, for a recent conference at MIT.'' Cullen Murphy, "Hello Darkness", ''The Atlantic Monthly , March 1996, Volume 277, No. 3, pp. 22-24.

    Verb

    (en verb)
  • To write a monograph on (a subject).
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    commentary

    Noun

    (commentaries)
  • A series of comments or annotations; especially, a book of explanations or expositions on the whole or a part of some other work.
  • This letter . . . was published by him with a severe commentary . -(Henry Hallam).
  • A brief account of transactions or events written hastily, as if for a memorandum; -- usually in the plural; as, Caesar's Commentaries on the Gallic War.
  • An oral description of an event, especially broadcast by television or radio, as it occurs.
  • Derived terms

    * audio commentary * commentary track * DVD commentary * political commentary * social commentary * supercommentary