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From: Webster's Revised Unabridged Dictionary (1913)

 Com·pli·ment n.  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. --Locke.
 To make one's compliments to, to offer formal courtesies to.
 To stand on compliment, to treat with ceremony.
 Syn: -- See Adulation.