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    • US Pronunciation
    • US IPA
    • UK Pronunciation
    • UK IPA
    • [noun kom-pluh-muh nt; verb kom-pluh-ment]
    • /noun ˈkɒm plə mənt; verb ˈkɒm pləˌmɛnt/
    • /ˈkɒm.plɪ.mənt/
    • US Pronunciation
    • US IPA
    • [noun kom-pluh-muh nt; verb kom-pluh-ment]
    • /noun ˈkɒm plə mənt; verb ˈkɒm pləˌmɛnt/

Definitions of compliment word

  • countable noun compliment A compliment is a polite remark that you say to someone to show that you like their appearance, appreciate their qualities, or approve of what they have done. 3
  • verb compliment If you compliment someone, you pay them a compliment. 3
  • countable noun compliment If you consider something that a person says or does as a compliment, it convinces you of your own good qualities, or that the person appreciates you. 3
  • noun plural compliment You can refer to your compliments when you want to express thanks, good wishes, or respect to someone in a formal way. 3
  • noun compliment a remark or act expressing respect, admiration, etc 3
  • noun compliment a greeting of respect or regard 3

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Origin of compliment

First appearance:

before 1570
One of the 33% oldest English words
1570-80; < French < Italian complimento < Spanish cumplimiento, equivalent to cumpli- (see comply) + -miento -ment; earlier identical in spelling with complement

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Parts of speech for Compliment


compliment popularity

A common word. It’s meaning is known to most children of preschool age. About 88% of English native speakers know the meaning and use the word.
Most Europeans know this English word. The frequency of it’s usage is somewhere between "mom" and "screwdriver".

compliment usage trend in Literature

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Synonyms for compliment

noun compliment

  • admiration — Admiration is a feeling of great liking and respect for a person or thing.
  • applause — Applause is the noise made by a group of people clapping their hands to show approval.
  • commendation — the act or an instance of commending; praise
  • homage — respect or reverence paid or rendered: In his speech he paid homage to Washington and Jefferson.
  • ovation — an enthusiastic public reception of a person, marked especially by loud and prolonged applause.

verb compliment

  • congratulate — If you congratulate someone, you say something to show you are pleased that something nice has happened to them.
  • applaud — When a group of people applaud, they clap their hands in order to show approval, for example when they have enjoyed a play or concert.
  • commend — If you commend someone or something, you praise them formally.
  • cajole — If you cajole someone into doing something, you get them to do it after persuading them for some time.
  • toast — a salutation or a few words of congratulation, good wishes, appreciation, remembrance, etc., uttered immediately before drinking to a person, event, etc.

Antonyms for compliment

noun compliment

  • disapproval — the act or state of disapproving; a condemnatory feeling, look, or utterance; censure: stern disapproval.
  • disregard — to pay no attention to; leave out of consideration; ignore: Disregard the footnotes.
  • silence — absence of any sound or noise; stillness.
  • censure — If you censure someone for something that they have done, you tell them that you strongly disapprove of it.
  • veto — the power or right vested in one branch of a government to cancel or postpone the decisions, enactments, etc., of another branch, especially the right of a president, governor, or other chief executive to reject bills passed by the legislature.

verb compliment

  • disapprove — to think (something) wrong or reprehensible; censure or condemn in opinion.
  • anger — Anger is the strong emotion that you feel when you think that someone has behaved in an unfair, cruel, or unacceptable way.
  • dissuade — to deter by advice or persuasion; persuade not to do something (often followed by from): She dissuaded him from leaving home.
  • castigate — If you castigate someone or something, you speak to them angrily or criticize them severely.
  • condemn — If you condemn something, you say that it is very bad and unacceptable.

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