verb (used with object)
verb (used without object)
- complimentary close,
Origin of compliment
Examples from the Web for compliment
For many men, being depicted by Channing Tatum in a film about your life would be a compliment.Wrestler Mark Schultz Hates the ‘Sickening and Insulting Lies’ of ‘Foxcatcher’|Rich Goldstein|December 31, 2014|DAILY BEAST
Hawke, ever the charmer, kicks things off with a compliment: I really like you guys.Coffee Talk with Ethan Hawke: On ‘Boyhood,’ Jennifer Lawrence, and Bill Clinton’s Urinal Exchange|Marlow Stern|December 27, 2014|DAILY BEAST
And the criticism is always poorly packaged as concern or some sad excuse for a compliment.
To be the very first moment that we see on an episode of The Good Wife was quite a compliment and very humbling.How Carrie Preston Became The Good Wife’s Favorite Scene Stealer|Kevin Fallon|October 20, 2014|DAILY BEAST
“Novelist good for nothing else,” said Samuel Beckett, and that ought to be taken as a compliment.Nobel Prize Winner Modiano’s Magical Musical Prose About Paris|Pierre Assouline|October 14, 2014|DAILY BEAST
They returned the compliment by saying, "Good morning, brother."The Forest King|Hervey Keyes
The Siebethal, however, showed no gratitude for the compliment, and the rain continued unremittingly.Letters of Felix Mendelssohn Bartholdy from Italy and Switzerland|Felix Mendelssohn-Bartholdy
That he had no intention of even paying her the compliment of discussion.A Bachelor Husband|Ruby M. Ayres
I acknowledged the compliment for my sex and myself with my best bow.Household Papers and Stories|Harriet Beecher Stowe
I found him very affable and condescending, and he was pleased to compliment me on my skill in barber-craft.Tales of the Wonder Club, Volume II|Alexander Huth
verb (ˈkɒmplɪˌmɛnt) (tr)
Word Origin for compliment
"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.
see left-handed compliment; pay a compliment; return the compliment.