January 24th, 2018


Word of the Day 01/24/18 Compliment

Compliment (noun, verb)
compliment [noun kom-pluh-muh nt; verb kom-pluh-ment]

1. an expression of praise, commendation, or admiration: A sincere compliment boosts one's morale.
2. a formal act or expression of civility, respect, or regard: The mayor paid him the compliment of escorting him.
3. compliments, a courteous greeting; good wishes; regards: He sends you his compliments.
4. Archaic. a gift; present.

verb (used with object)
5. to pay a compliment to: She complimented the child on his good behavior.
6. to show kindness or regard for by a gift or other favor: He complimented us by giving a party in our honor.
7. to congratulate; felicitate: to compliment a prince on the birth of a son.

verb (used without object)
8. to pay compliments.

Can be confused

See more synonyms on Thesaurus.com
1. kudos, tribute, eulogy, panegyric.
5. commend, praise, honor.

1. disparagement.

Usage note
See complement.

Origin: 1570-80; < French < Italian complimento < Spanish cumplimiento, equivalent to cumpli- (see comply) + -miento -ment; earlier identical in spelling with complement

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