- An expression of praise, congratulation or encouragement.
- To pay a compliment; to express a favorable opinion.
- The Nuttall Encyclopedia
COMPLIMENT. See CHRISTMAS.
- The Devil's Dictionary (Ambrose Bierce)
Com"pli*ment (?), n. [F.
compliment. It complimento, fr. comlire to
compliment, finish, suit, fr. L. complere to fill up. See
Complete, and cf. Complement.] An expression,
by word or act, of approbation, regard, confidence, civility, or
admiration; a flattering speech or attention; a ceremonious
greeting; as, to send one's compliments to a
Tedious waste of time, to sit and hear
So many hollow compliments and lies.
Many a compliment politely penned.
To make one a compliment, to show one
respect; to praise one in a flattering way. Locke. --
To make one's compliments to, to offer
formal courtesies to. -- To stand on
compliment, to treat with ceremony.
Syn. -- See Adulation.
Com"pli*ment (?), v. t. To
praise, flatter, or gratify, by expressions of approbation,
respect, or congratulation; to make or pay a compliment
Monarchs should their inward soul disguise; . . .
Should compliment their foes and shun their friends.
Syn. -- To praise; flatter; adulate; commend.
Com"pli*ment, v. i. To pass
compliments; to use conventional expressions of
I make the interlocutors, upon occasion,
compliment with one another.
- Webster's Unabridged Dictionary (1913)
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