Definitions for compliment
ˈkɒm plə mənt; -ˌmɛntcom·pli·ment
This dictionary definitions page includes all the possible meanings, example usage and translations of the word compliment.
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
Samuel Johnson's Dictionary
An act, or expression of civility, usually understood to include some hypocrisy, and to mean less than it declares.
Etymology: compliment, Fr.
He observed few compliments in matter of arms, but such as proud anger did indite to him. Philip Sidney, b. ii.
My servant, sir? ’Twas never merry world
Since lowly feigning was call’d compliment:
Y’ are servant to the duke Orsino, youth. William Shakespeare.
One whom the musick of his own vain tongue
Doth ravish, like inchanting harmony:
A man of compliments, whom right and wrong
Have chose as umpire of their meeting. William Shakespeare.
What honour that,
But tedious waste of time, to sit and hear
So many hollow compliments and lies,
Outlandish flatteries? John Milton, Paradise Regain’d, b. iv.
Virtue and religion, heaven and eternal happiness, are not trifles to be given up in a compliment, or sacrificed to a jest. John Rogers, Sermon x.
To sooth with acts or expressions of respect; to flatter; to praise.
Etymology: from the noun.
It was not to compliment a society, so much above flattery and the regardless air of common applauses. Joseph Glanvill, Sceps. Pref.
Monarchs should their inward soul disguise,
Dissemble and command, be false and wise;
By ignominious arts, for servile ends,
Should compliment their foes, and shun their friends. Matthew Prior.
The watchman gave so very great a thump at my door, that I awaked, and heard myself complimented with the usual salutation. Tatler, №. 111.
She compliments Menelaus very handsomely, and says he wanted no accomplishment either of mind or body. Alexander Pope.
A compliment is a polite expression of praise, admiration, or approval given to a person, organization, or object. Often, it is intended to express appreciation for a person's achievements, personal qualities, abilities, efforts, or appearance. Compliments can be verbal or written and are typically seen as a kind gesture that can build positive relationships and boost self-esteem.
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.
Military Dictionary and Gazetteer
The military mark of respect shown by a body of troops to official personages, to an officer, or to another body of troops.
The numerical value of compliment in Chaldean Numerology is: 8
The numerical value of compliment in Pythagorean Numerology is: 3
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The greatest compliment that was ever paid me was when someone asked me what I thought , and attended to my answer.
When you cannot get a compliment any other way pay yourself one.
A compliment is like a kiss through a veil.
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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- хваля, правя комплимент, любезност, комплимент, похвалаBulgarian
- komplimentere, komplimentDanish
- beglückwünschen, KomplimentGerman
- φιλοφρόνηση, παινεύω, επαινώ, κολακεύωGreek
- felicitar, cumplidoSpanish
- kohteliaisuus, kohteliaisuudenosoitusFinnish
- compliment, compliments, complimenterFrench
- מחמאה, החמיאHebrew
- bók, bókolHungarian
- [[կոմպլիմենտ]] [[անել]], կոմպլիմենտ, հաճոյախոսել, հաճոյախոսությունArmenian
- complimentarsi, complimentoItalian
- compliment, een compliment geven, complimenterenDutch
- elogiar, elogioPortuguese
- похвала, любезность, комплимент, говорить комплиментыRussian
- komplimang, ge en komplimang, komplimenteraSwedish
- övgü, iltifat, iltifat etmekTurkish
- lời khenVietnamese
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