Compliment



[noun kom-pluh-muh nt; verb kom-pluh-ment] /noun ˈkɒm plə mənt; verb ˈkɒm pləˌmɛnt/

noun
1.
an expression of praise, commendation, or admiration:
A sincere compliment boosts one’s morale.
2.
a formal act or expression of civility, respect, or regard:
The mayor paid him the compliment of escorting him.
3.
compliments, a courteous greeting; good wishes; regards:
He sends you his compliments.
4.
Archaic. a gift; present.
verb (used with object)
5.
to pay a compliment to:
She complimented the child on his good behavior.
6.
to show kindness or regard for by a gift or other favor:
He complimented us by giving a party in our honor.
7.
to congratulate; felicitate:
to compliment a prince on the birth of a son.
verb (used without object)
8.
to pay compliments.
noun (ˈkɒmplɪmənt)
1.
a remark or act expressing respect, admiration, etc
2.
(usually pl) a greeting of respect or regard
verb (transitive) (ˈkɒmplɪˌmɛnt)
3.
to express admiration of; congratulate or commend
4.
to express or show respect or regard for, esp by a gift
n.

“An act, or expression of civility, usually understood to include some hypocrisy, and to mean less than it declares” [Johnson], 1570s, complement, via French compliment (17c.), from Italian complimento “expression of respect and civility,” from Vulgar Latin *complire, for Latin complere “to complete” (see complete (adj.)), via notion of “complete the obligations of politeness.” Same word as complement but by a different etymological route; differentiated by spelling after 1650.
v.

1610s, from French complimenter, from compliment (see compliment (n.)). Related: Complimented; complimenting.
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