a remark (or act) expressing praise and admiration
say something to someone that expresses praise
"He complimented her on her last physics paper"
express respect or esteem for
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
to praise, flatter, or gratify, by expressions of approbation, respect, or congratulation; to make or pay a compliment to
to pass compliments; to use conventional expressions of respect
Chambers 20th Century Dictionary
kom′pli-ment, n. an expression of regard or praise: delicate flattery: an expression of formal respect or civility: a present.—v.t. Compliment′, to pay a compliment to: to express respect for: to praise: to flatter: to congratulate: to make a present.—v.i. to make compliments.—adjs. Compliment′al, expressing or implying compliment; Compliment′ary, conveying, or expressive of, civility or praise: using compliments.—n. Compliment′er, one who pays compliments.—Compliments of the season, compliments appropriate to special times, as Christmas and birthdays; Left-handed compliment, a saying intended to seem a compliment, but in reality the reverse; Pay, or Present, one's compliments, to give one's respects or greeting. [Fr. compliment—L. complementum. See Comply.]
The Roycroft Dictionary
A sarcastic remark with a flavor of truth or not, as the case may be.
The Foolish Dictionary, by Gideon Wurdz
v. t., From Eng. _con_,--hot air, and Lat. _pleo_, to fill. Hence, to fill with hot air.
The numerical value of compliment in Chaldean Numerology is: 8
The numerical value of compliment in Pythagorean Numerology is: 3
Sample Sentences & Example Usage
A compliment is like a kiss through a veil.
When you cannot get a compliment any other way pay yourself one.
I love making people uncomfortable, and when people say, 'I cringed watching [that] scene,' that’s the biggest compliment you can give me.
Every woman likes a compliment. So, do you long to win any woman's heart? If Yes! then do compliment her as often as you can. -Emeasoba George
If you want to win friends, make it a point to remember them. If you remember my name, you pay me a subtle compliment you indicate that I have made an impression on you. Remember my name and you add to my feeling of importance.
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Translations for compliment
From our Multilingual Translation Dictionary
- правя комплимент, хваля, комплимент, похвала, любезностBulgarian
- komplimentere, komplimentDanish
- Kompliment, beglückwünschenGerman
- παινεύω, κολακεύω, επαινώ, φιλοφρόνησηGreek
- cumplido, felicitarSpanish
- kohteliaisuus, kohteliaisuudenosoitusFinnish
- compliments, complimenter, complimentFrench
- מחמאה, החמיאHebrew
- bók, bókolHungarian
- հաճոյախոսություն, հաճոյախոսել, կոմպլիմենտ, [[կոմպլիմենտ]] [[անել]]Armenian
- complimento, complimentarsiItalian
- compliment, complimenteren, een compliment gevenDutch
- elogio, elogiarPortuguese
- похвала, любезность, комплимент, говорить комплиментыRussian
- ge en komplimang, komplimentera, komplimangSwedish
- iltifat etmek, iltifat, övgüTurkish
- lời khenVietnamese
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