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com·pli·ment

 (kŏm′plə-mənt)
n.
1. An expression of praise, admiration, or congratulation.
2. A formal act of civility, courtesy, or respect.
3. compliments Good wishes; regards: Extend my compliments to your parents. See Usage Note at complement.
tr.v. com·pli·ment·ed, com·pli·ment·ing, com·pli·ments
1. To pay a compliment to.
2. To show fondness, regard, or respect for by giving a gift or performing a favor.

[French, from Italian complimento, from Spanish cumplimiento, from cumplir, to complete, from Latin complēre, to fill up : com-, intensive pref.; see com- + plēre, to fill; see pelə- in Indo-European roots.]
ThesaurusAntonymsRelated WordsSynonymsLegend:
Noun1.compliments - (usually plural) a polite expression of desire for someone's welfare; "give him my kind regards"; "my best wishes"
plural, plural form - the form of a word that is used to denote more than one
greeting, salutation - (usually plural) an acknowledgment or expression of good will (especially on meeting)
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March's compliments, and would the ladies walk down to supper.
While he bestowed those of greater value on the two most distinguished warriors, one of whom was his host, he seasoned his offerings to their inferiors with such well- timed and apposite compliments, as left them no ground of complaint.
Why, the degenerate fellow might as well have been a fiddler" Such are the compliments bandied between my great grandsires and myself, across the gulf of time And yet, let them scorn me as they will, strong traits of their nature have intertwined themselves with mine
I had seen a sailor who had visited that very island, and he told me that it was the custom, when a great battle had been gained there, to barbecue all the slain in the yard or garden of the victor; and then, one by one, they were placed in great wooden trenchers, and garnished round like a pilau, with breadfruit and cocoanuts; and with some parsley in their mouths, were sent round with the victor's compliments to all his friends, just as though these presents were so many Christmas turkeys.
Why, Polly, you are as good as the minister, and so, as I've had my Sunday-morning sermon early to-day, you may go and tell Dinah that I'll be ready for her as the clock strikes ten; but stop -- just step round to butcher Braydon's with my compliments, and ask him if he would lend me his light trap; I know he never uses it on the Sunday, and it would make a wonderful difference to the horse.
She said, with a grim implacability in voice and manner which made Tom almost realize that even a former slave can remember for ten minutes insults and injuries returned for compliments and flatteries received, and can also enjoy taking revenge for them when the opportunity offers:
The compliments of his neighbours were over; he was no longer teased by being wished joy of so sorrowful an event; and the weddingcake, which had been a great distress to him, was all eat up.
Such was her parting concern; for after this, she had time only to pay her farewell compliments to Mrs.
Vanstone: 'Father's compliments, sir, and I have come back upon your hands like a bad shilling, as he always said I should.
with many compliments too numerous and forcible to repeat.
Peggotty to understand that she was as jolly as I could wish, and that she desired her compliments - which was a polite fiction on my part.
Miss Havisham," said Joe, with a fixed look at me, like an effort of remembrance, "made it wery partick'ler that we should give her - were it compliments or respects, Pip?