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compliment

com·pli·ment

compliment

 
 
parts of speech:
noun, transitive verb
features:
Homophone Note, Word Parts
part of speech: noun
pronunciation: kam pl mnt
definition 1: an expression of praise, admiration, or approval.
The director's compliment on her performance meant a lot to her as an actress.She says her husband never gives her compliments anymore.She meant her remark as a compliment, but he took it as a criticism.He dresses well and gets frequent compliments on his suits.
synonyms:
laudation
antonyms:
criticism, insult, rebuke, stricture
similar words:
accolade, admiration, approval, commendation, congratulation, encomium, homage, kudos, panegyric, praise, tribute
definition 2: a formal act of courtesy or respect.
As a compliment to the French ambassador, the orchestra struck up "La Marseillaise."
synonyms:
homage, respects, salutation, salute, tribute
antonyms:
slight
similar words:
acknowledgment, encomium, eulogy, panegyric, toast
definition 3: (pl.) a formal greeting or expression of regard.
My father sends his compliments to you and your family.I'd like to offer my compliments to the chef.
synonyms:
greetings, regards, respects, salutation
 
part of speech: transitive verb
pronunciation: kam pl ment
inflections: complimented, complimenting, compliments
definition 1: to give a compliment to.
The boss complimented us on our work today.
synonyms:
applaud, laud, praise
antonyms:
abuse, criticize, disparage, insult, malign
similar words:
acclaim, approve, commend, congratulate, extol, felicitate, honor, salute
definition 2: to display affection or respect by a gift or favor.
They complimented the groom's family with a special gift.
synonyms:
favor
similar words:
applaud, congratulate, honor, salute, toast
Homophone Note
Are you looking for the word complement (something that completes or perfects)? Compliment and complement sound alike and look almost the same, but they have different meanings.
Word Parts
The word compliment contains the following parts:
compl Latin root that means to fill up, fulfill
-ment Latin noun-forming suffix that means act, process, or instance of
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The suffix -ment attaches to Latin verb roots (e.g., doc, reg, sed) or to English verbs of Latin origin to form nouns.