definition of compliment

an original definition by J. E. Brown

1compliment
n.
  1. Any utterance or message affirming someone’s personal worth.
  2. Any gift given or favor done in affirmation of someone’s personal worth and/or as an expression of esteem: to pay someone a compliment. {Source: “Definition of compliment” by J. E. Brown.}
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Synonyms:
  • praise, flattery

Antonyms:
  • abuse, insult

Not to be confused with: {Read this comp1ete article at http://jebrown.us/Relationshop/Definitions/compliment.html .}
  • An ambiguous compliment, which is a weak or vague compliment possibly intended to hide disapproval.
  • Complement, meaning “that part which completes the whole”. Notice the extra ‘e’. The yin is the complement to the yang.
  • Mixed messages, which are compliments followed by the word “but” and a criticism. These are criticisms in disguise. No compliment is intended.
  • sarcasm


2compliment
vt.
  1. To give someone a 1compliment. {Source: “Definition of compliment” by J. E. Brown.}
{You’re reading “Definition of compliment” by J. E. Brown.}
Synonyms:
  • praise, flatter

Antonyms:
  • abuse, insult

Not to be confused with: {Read this comp1ete article at http://jebrown.us/Relationshop/Definitions/compliment.html .}
  • Complement, meaning “to fit well with”. Notice the extra ‘e’.

1st edition 01 Feb 2016


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