compliment

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Etymology 1[edit]

From French, from Italian complimento, from Vulgar Latin complire, from Latin complere

Noun[edit]

compliment (plural compliments)

  1. An expression of praise, congratulation, encouragement, or respect.
    • Milton
      Tedious waste of time, to sit and hear / So many hollow compliments and lies.
    • Cowper
      many a compliment politely penned
  2. (uncountable) Complimentary language; courtesy, flattery.
    • 1871–72, George Eliot, Middlemarch, Chapter 3
      This accomplished man condescended to think of a young girl, and take the pains to talk to her, not with absurd compliment, but with an appeal to her understanding, and sometimes with instructive correction.
  3. common misconstruction of complement
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Etymology 2[edit]

From French, from Italian complimento Spanish cumplimiento, from cumplir, from Vulgar Latin complire, from Latin complere.

Verb[edit]

compliment (third-person singular simple present compliments, present participle complimenting, simple past and past participle complimented)

  1. (transitive, intransitive) To pay a compliment (to); to express a favorable opinion (of).
    • Prior
      Monarchs should their inward soul disguise; [] / Should compliment their foes and shun their friends.
  2. Common misspelling of complement.
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compliment n (plural complimenten, diminutive complimentje n)

  1. compliment