Some reports made it out that I was, you know, complimenting [Justice] Kennedy, that I was in love with this ruling.
Even Gingrich, after complimenting Cain's attempt to simplify a complex idea, took a jab at the pizza guy.
They both thanked staff and posed for pictures, with Palin complimenting the “real New York City pizza.”
Peter Beinart, for example, implies such criticism in complimenting Alan Dershowitz for publicly supporting a settlement freeze.
Then he charmed Mrs. Rushton by complimenting that lady on her goodness of heart.
"No doubt you think that you are complimenting me in comparing me to Dupin," he observed.
All the girls, and many of the boys, gathered around him, sympathizing with his triumph and complimenting him upon his abilities.
"I do not know when Erma is complimenting me," said Mellie as she followed.
The lady was complimenting her gallant upon his patriotism and prowess.
Carson was complimenting Trevison on his descent of the wall of the cut.
"An act, or expression of civility, usually understood to include some hypocrisy, and to mean less than it declares" [Johnson], 1570s, complement, via French compliment (17c.), from Italian complimento "expression of respect and civility," from Vulgar Latin *complire, for Latin complere "to complete" (see complete (adj.)), via notion of "complete the obligations of politeness." Same word as complement but by a different etymological route; differentiated by spelling after 1650.
1610s, from French complimenter, from compliment (see compliment (n.)). Related: Complimented; complimenting.