Definition of Compliment

1. Noun. A remark (or act) expressing praise and admiration.

Generic synonyms: Congratulations, Extolment, Kudos, Praise
Specialized synonyms: Trade-last, Flattery, Fulsomeness, Smarm, Unction
Derivative terms: Complimentary



2. Verb. Say something to someone that expresses praise. "He complimented her on her last physics paper"
Exact synonyms: Congratulate
Generic synonyms: Praise
Derivative terms: Congratulation, Congratulatory

3. Verb. Express respect or esteem for.
Generic synonyms: Greet

Definition of Compliment

1. n. An expression, by word or act, of approbation, regard, confidence, civility, or admiration; a flattering speech or attention; a ceremonious greeting; as, to send one's compliments to a friend.

2. v. t. To praise, flatter, or gratify, by expressions of approbation, respect, or congratulation; to make or pay a compliment to.

3. v. i. To pass compliments; to use conventional expressions of respect.

Definition of Compliment

1. Noun. An expression of praise, congratulation, encouragement, or respect. ¹

2. Noun. Complimentary language; courtesy, flattery. ¹

3. Verb. (intransitive) To pay a compliment; to express a favorable opinion. ¹

¹ Source: wiktionary.com

Definition of Compliment

1. [v -ED, -ING, -S]

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Lexicographical Neighbors of Compliment

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Literary usage of Compliment

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1. Handy-book of Literary Curiosities by William Shepard Walsh (1892)
"But this letter finds its parallel in the compliment paid by Lord Clarendon to Sir Matthew Hale. Handing to Sir Matthew the commission for the chief- ..."

2. The Works of Robert Burns by Robert Burns (1841)
"REVEREND AND VENERABLE SIR, ACCEPT, in plain dull prose, my most sincere thanks for the best poetical compliment I ever received. I assure you Sir, ..."

3. The Cambridge History of English Literature by Adolphus William Ward, Alfred Rayney Waller (1909)
"Sonnets inscribed by poets in the way of compliment to their friends or patrons abound in Elizabethan literature. James I, in his Treatise of poetry, 1584, ..."

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