complimentary

[kom-pluh-men-tuh-ree, -tree]

adjective

of the nature of, conveying, or expressing a compliment, often one that is politely flattering: a complimentary remark.
given free as a gift or courtesy: a complimentary ticket.

noun, plural com·pli·men·ta·ries.

something given or supplied without charge, as lodging, transportation, or meals, especially as an inducement to prospective customers.

Origin of complimentary

First recorded in 1620–30; compliment + -ary
Related formscom·pli·men·ta·ri·ly, adverbcom·pli·men·ta·ri·ness, nounin·ter·com·pli·men·ta·ry, adjectivequa·si-com·pli·men·ta·ry, adjectiveun·com·pli·men·ta·ry, adjective

Synonyms for complimentary

1. commendatory, praising, laudatory.

Antonyms for complimentary

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Examples from the Web for uncomplimentary

Historical Examples of uncomplimentary

  • I would have said uncomplimentary things to him had time permitted.

  • 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.


British Dictionary definitions for uncomplimentary

uncomplimentary

adjective

not conveying, containing, or resembling a compliment

complimentary

adjective

conveying, containing, or resembling a compliment
expressing praise; flattering
given free, esp as a courtesy or for publicity purposes
Derived Formscomplimentarily, 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."

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