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complimentary

[kom-pluh-men-tuh-ree, -tree] /ˌkɒm pləˈmɛn tə ri, -tri/
adjective
1.
of the nature of, conveying, or expressing a compliment, often one that is politely flattering:
a complimentary remark.
2.
given free as a gift or courtesy:
a complimentary ticket.
noun, plural complimentaries.
3.
something given or supplied without charge, as lodging, transportation, or meals, especially as an inducement to prospective customers.
Origin of complimentary
1620-1630
First recorded in 1620-30; compliment + -ary
Related forms
complimentarily, adverb
complimentariness, noun
intercomplimentary, adjective
quasi-complimentary, adjective
uncomplimentary, adjective
Synonyms
1. commendatory, praising, laudatory.
Antonyms
1. abusive, unflattering.
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Examples from the Web for uncomplimentary
Historical Examples
  • I would have said uncomplimentary things to him had time permitted.

    The Long Labrador Trail Dillon Wallace
  • I guess I'll keep my opinions to myself next time, when they are so uncomplimentary.

    The Fiery Totem Argyll Saxby
  • “You speak in an uncomplimentary fashion of government,” said the girl, smiling.

    The Crimson Tide Robert W. Chambers
  • The Valley troops drew the most uncomplimentary comparisons.

    The Long Roll Mary Johnston
  • Mr. Grey passed over the uncomplimentary remark with a smile.

    Pearl and Periwinkle Anna Graetz
  • Marjorie was forced to laugh at Jerry's uncomplimentary comparison.

    Marjorie Dean Pauline Lester
  • "So do you," retorted Peabody, who felt that this was uncomplimentary.

    The Young Adventurer Horatio Alger
  • The perfumer could only have been half pleased with this uncomplimentary form.

    Pickwickian Studies Percy Fitzgerald
  • Yet he recognized the truth of the resemblance; it was uncomplimentary, but he felt relieved.

  • I suppose you think me uncomplimentary in such a suggestion.

    Lord Randolph Churchill Winston Spencer Churchill
British Dictionary definitions for uncomplimentary

uncomplimentary

/ˌʌnkɒmplɪˈmɛntərɪ; -trɪ/
adjective
1.
not conveying, containing, or resembling a compliment

complimentary

/ˌkɒmplɪˈmɛntərɪ; -trɪ/
adjective
1.
conveying, containing, or resembling a compliment
2.
expressing praise; flattering
3.
given free, esp as a courtesy or for publicity purposes
Derived Forms
complimentarily, adverb
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Word Origin and History for uncomplimentary

complimentary

adj.

1620s, "conveying a compliment," from compliment (n.) + -ary. In later use loosely meaning "free of charge."

Online Etymology Dictionary, © 2010 Douglas Harper
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