compliment

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English[edit]

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Etymology[edit]

From French, from Italian complimento Spanish cumplimiento, from cumplir, from Vulgar Latin complire, from Latin complere. The verb is derived from the noun.

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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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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. Misspelling of complement.

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Dutch[edit]

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Etymology[edit]

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

Pronunciation[edit]

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  • Hyphenation: com‧pli‧ment

Noun[edit]

compliment n (plural complimenten, diminutive complimentje n)

  1. compliment

French[edit]

Etymology[edit]

Borrowing from Italian complimento. More at English compliment.

Noun[edit]

compliment m (plural compliments)

  1. compliment (positive comment)

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