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.
Com·pli·ment v. t. 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.
Syn: -- To praise; flatter; adulate; commend.
Com·pli·ment, v. i. To pass compliments; to use conventional expressions of respect.
I make the interlocutors, upon occasion, compliment with one another. --Boyle.
n : a remark (or act) expressing praise and admiration
v 1: say something to someone that expresses praise; "He
complimented her on her last physics paper" [syn: congratulate]
2: express respect or esteem for