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compliment

[ noun kom-pluh-muhnt; verb kom-pluh-ment ]
/ noun ˈkɒm plə mənt; verb ˈkɒm pləˌmɛnt /
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noun
verb (used with object)
verb (used without object)
to pay compliments.
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Origin of compliment

First recorded in 1570–80; from French, from Italian complimento from Spanish cumplimiento “compliance or fulfillment of the forms of a courtesy, ” equivalent to cumpli(r) “to complete” + -miento noun suffix; see origin at comply,-ment; earlier identical in spelling with complement

words often confused with compliment

OTHER WORDS FROM compliment

WORDS THAT MAY BE CONFUSED WITH compliment

complement, compliment (see confusables note at complement)
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British Dictionary definitions for compliment

compliment

noun (ˈkɒmplɪmənt)
a remark or act expressing respect, admiration, etc
(usually plural) a greeting of respect or regard
verb (ˈkɒmplɪˌmɛnt) (tr)
to express admiration of; congratulate or commend
to express or show respect or regard for, esp by a gift

Word Origin for compliment

C17: from French, from Italian complimento, from Spanish cumplimiento, from cumplir to complete, do what is fitting, be polite

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Avoid confusion with complement
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Other Idioms and Phrases with compliment

compliment

see left-handed compliment; pay a compliment; return the compliment.

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