- 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.
- something given or supplied without charge, as lodging, transportation, or meals, especially as an inducement to prospective customers.
Origin of complimentary
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Related Wordsunexpected, mocking, incongruous, twisted, sardonic, ridiculous, satiric, caustic, satirical, wry, arrogant, paradoxical, harsh, insulting, derogatory, prejudicial, hurtful, disparaging, adverse, unfavorable
Examples from the Web for uncomplimentary
I would have said uncomplimentary things to him had time permitted.The Long Labrador Trail
I guess I'll keep my opinions to myself next time, when they are so uncomplimentary.The Fiery Totem
“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
Mr. Grey passed over the uncomplimentary remark with a smile.Pearl and Periwinkle
- not conveying, containing, or resembling a compliment
- conveying, containing, or resembling a compliment
- expressing praise; flattering
- given free, esp as a courtesy or for publicity purposes
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Word Origin and History for uncomplimentary
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