- 1a polite expression of praise or admiration
- 2an act or circumstance that implies praise or respect
Using compliment: Examples
Take a moment to familiarize yourself with how "compliment" can be used in various situations through the following examples!
She paid me a compliment on my dress.
I must compliment you on your excellent work.
His compliments were all lies.
The flowers are a compliment to the decor.
compliment Synonyms and Antonyms
Idioms Using compliment
She's always fishing for compliments, asking if her outfit looks good.
She never knows how to take a compliment and always deflects it.
When he complimented her on her cooking, she returned the compliment by praising his wine selection.
Phrases with compliment
When she said I looked good for my age, I knew it was a backhanded compliment.
Compliments of the season to you and your family!
I had to pay her a compliment on her new haircut.
Origins of compliment
from French 'complimenter', meaning 'to compliment'
Summary: compliment in Brief
The term 'compliment' [ˈkɒmplɪmənt] refers to a polite expression of praise or admiration, or an act or circumstance that implies praise or respect. It can be a genuine or insincere statement, as in 'His compliments were all lies.' 'Compliment' extends into phrases like 'pay someone a compliment,' and idioms like 'fish for compliments,' denoting seeking praise, and 'take a compliment,' implying accepting praise graciously.