verb (used with object)
verb (used without object)
Origin of compliment
Synonyms for compliment
Antonyms for compliment
Examples from the Web for complimenting
Contemporary Examples of complimenting
Some reports made it out that I was, you know, complimenting [Justice] Kennedy, that I was in love with this ruling.Rand Paul: I’m Not My Dad
June 29, 2013
Peter Beinart, for example, implies such criticism in complimenting Alan Dershowitz for publicly supporting a settlement freeze.In Defense of Israel Advocacy
July 9, 2012
Even Gingrich, after complimenting Cain's attempt to simplify a complex idea, took a jab at the pizza guy.GOP Debate Live Updates
October 18, 2011
They both thanked staff and posed for pictures, with Palin complimenting the “real New York City pizza.”Sarah Palin and Donald Trump's Pizza Summit
June 1, 2011
Historical Examples of complimenting
Apparently satisfied with his scrutiny, Kennedy got up to go, complimenting the proprietor on his wine.The Silent Bullet
Arthur B. Reeve
All the girls, and many of the boys, gathered around him, sympathizing with his triumph and complimenting him upon his abilities.Ishmael
Mrs. E. D. E. N. Southworth
All the princes followed the King's example in complimenting each of us with a kiss.Old and New London
You can imagine his first advances, complimenting her upon her fresh morning looks.
The Reverend Mr. Trewan arose, and after clearing his throat several times began by complimenting the students.Ande Trembath
Matthew Stanley Kemp
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.