compliment

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EtymologyEdit

Borrowed from French compliment, itself a borrowing of Italian complimento, which in turn is a borrowing from Spanish cumplimiento, from cumplir (to comply, complete, do what is proper). Doublet of complement. Displaced native Old English ġeswǣsnes.

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compliment (plural compliments)

  1. An expression of praise, congratulation, or respect.
    pay someone a compliment
  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,[2]
      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, George Eliot [pseudonym; Mary Ann Evans], chapter III, in Middlemarch: A Study of Provincial Life, volume I, Edinburgh; London: William Blackwood and Sons, OCLC 948783829, book I (Miss Brooke), page 48:
      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 someone); to express a favourable opinion (of someone).
    Antonym: insult
    • 1718, Mat[thew] Prior, “Solomon on the Vanity of the World. A Poem in Three Books.”, in Poems on Several Occasions, London: [] Jacob Tonson [], and John Barber [], OCLC 5634253, book II (Pleasure), page 457:
      [] She transferr'd the curs'd Advice, / That Monarchs ſhould their inward Soul diſguise, / Diſſemble, and command; be falſe, and wiſe; / By ignominous Arts for ſervile Ends / Should compliment their Foes, and ſhun their Friends.
  2. Misspelling of complement.

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EtymologyEdit

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

NounEdit

compliment m (plural compliments)

  1. compliment

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EtymologyEdit

Borrowed from French compliment, from Italian complimento, from Old Spanish cumplimiento.

PronunciationEdit

  • IPA(key): /ˌkɔm.pliˈmɛnt/
  • (file)
  • Hyphenation: com‧pli‧ment
  • Rhymes: -ɛnt

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compliment n (plural complimenten, diminutive complimentje n)

  1. compliment

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  • Papiamentu: kòmplimènt

FrenchEdit

EtymologyEdit

Borrowed from Italian complimento, itself a borrowing from Spanish cumplimiento, from Latin complēmentum. Doublet of complément.

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compliment m (plural compliments)

  1. compliment (positive comment)

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EtymologyEdit

From French compliment.

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compliment n (plural complimente)

  1. compliment

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