Compliment

Definition of Compliment

Com´pli`ment
n.1.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 friend.
Tedious waste of time, to sit and hear
So many hollow compliments and lies.
- Milton.
Many a compliment politely penned.
- Cowper.
To make one a compliment
to show one respect; to praise one in a flattering way.
To make one's compliments to
to offer formal courtesies to.
- Locke.
To stand on compliment
to treat with ceremony.
v. t.1.To praise, flatter, or gratify, by expressions of approbation, respect, or congratulation; to make or pay a compliment to.
Monarchs should their inward soul disguise; . . .
Should compliment their foes and shun their friends.
- Prior.
v. i.1.To pass compliments; to use conventional expressions of respect.
I make the interlocutors, upon occasion, compliment with one another.
- Boyle.

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