compliment

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English[edit]

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Borrowed from French compliment, itself a borrowing of Italian complimento, which in turn is a borrowing from Spanish cumplimiento. Doublet of complement.

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compliment (plural compliments)

  1. An expression of praise, congratulation, encouragement, or respect.
    • c. 1610, William Shakespeare, The Winter’s Tale, Act I, Scene 2,[1]
      [] I met him
      With customary compliment; when he,
      Wafting his eyes to the contrary and falling
      A lip of much contempt, speeds from me and
      So leaves me to consider what is breeding
      That changeth thus his manners.
    • 1671, John Milton, Paradise Regained, London: T. Longman et al., 1796, Book 4, p. 65,[2]
      [] what honour that,
      but tedious waste of time, to sit and hear
      So many hollow compliments and lies,
      Outlandish flatteries?
    • 1782, William Cowper, “Table Talk” in Poems, London: J. Johnson, p. 37,[3]
      Virtue indeed meets many a rhiming friend,
      And many a compliment politely penn’d,
  2. (uncountable) Complimentary language; courtesy, flattery.
    • 1743, Robert Drury, The Pleasant, and Surprizing Adventures of Mr. Robert Drury, during his Fifteen Years Captivity on the Island of Madagascar, London, p. 25,[4]
      He told the Captain, He was heartily sorry for his Misfortunes; tho’ in my Opinion that was nothing but a Compliment: For, as I found afterwards, he was more brutish, and dishonest, than most of the other Kings on the Island []
    • 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. Misspelling 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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Catalan[edit]

Etymology[edit]

From complir. Cf. also Spanish cumplimiento, Latin complementum.

Noun[edit]

compliment m (plural compliments)

  1. compliment

Dutch[edit]

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Pronunciation[edit]

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  • Hyphenation: com‧pli‧ment
  • Rhymes: -ɛnt

Etymology[edit]

From French compliment, from Italian complimento.

Noun[edit]

compliment n (plural complimenten, diminutive complimentje n)

  1. compliment

French[edit]

Etymology[edit]

Borrowed from Italian complimento, itself a borrowing from Spanish cumplimiento.

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compliment m (plural compliments)

  1. compliment (positive comment)

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