- of the nature of, conveying, or expressing a compliment, often one that is politely flattering: a complimentary remark.
- given free as a gift or courtesy: a complimentary ticket.
- something given or supplied without charge, as lodging, transportation, or meals, especially as an inducement to prospective customers.
Origin of complimentary
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1. commendatory, praising, laudatory.
1. abusive, unflattering.
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Examples from the Web for complimentary
Disparagement painted over with the brushstrokes of complimentary praise is still disparagement.Dear White People: Well-Meaning Paternalism Is Still Racist
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And so, NPR, please prepare a complimentary tote bag for Mr. Cantor.Bill de Blasio Mayoral Win Signals Working Families Party Ascendancy
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Best Actress Oscar nominee Quvenzhané Wallis has been called a lot of things, most of them complimentary.The Onion Tweets That Quvenzhané Wallis Is the C-Word
February 25, 2013
Complimentary and grateful, the president also allowed himself a moment of reflection.Five Moments From President Obama & Hillary Clinton’s ‘60 Minutes’ Interview
January 28, 2013
The punchline, which Rivers argued was complimentary, concerned the first lady: “We used to have Jackie O, now we have Blackie O!”Joan Rivers’s Best Insults (VIDEO)
November 30, 2012
The letter was most courteous, most complimentary, most wooing.Alice, or The Mysteries, Complete
I know I'm not scientific, but I honestly did mean to be complimentary.The Incomplete Amorist
Suppose I've got somethin' on—on what complimentary folks like you would call my mind.Shavings
Joseph C. Lincoln
Nor was it merely kind or complimentary they were; they were confidential.Luttrell Of Arran
Charles James Lever
"You are not complimentary, at all events," he said quietly at length.Garrison's Finish
W. B. M. Ferguson
- conveying, containing, or resembling a compliment
- expressing praise; flattering
- given free, esp as a courtesy or for publicity purposes
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Word Origin and History for complimentary
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