complimenting

[ noun kom-pluh-muhnt; verb kom-pluh-ment ]SEE DEFINITION OF complimenting
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EXAMPLES FROM THE WEB FOR COMPLIMENTING

She has been complimenting me upon it; and upon the visit of my uncle Harlowe.

I spoke to her in French, complimenting her on the appearance of the place.

"Yes, miss," said Pitapat, who thought that her mistress was complimenting her.

For a moment, he considered calling in the chief clerk and complimenting him.

"No doubt you think that you are complimenting me in comparing me to Dupin," he observed.

"I do not know when Erma is complimenting me," said Mellie as she followed.

Carson was complimenting Trevison on his descent of the wall of the cut.

“He is complimenting you on the smallness of your feet,” answered the Frenchman.

Fellow-Workmen: I am not going to take up your time by complimenting you.

They were complimenting him there; there it was all compliments, and none of them deserved.

WORD ORIGIN

"An act, or expression of civility, usually understood to include some hypocrisy, and to mean less than it declares" [Johnson], 1570s, complement, via French compliment (17c.), from Italian complimento "expression of respect and civility," from Vulgar Latin *complire, for Latin complere "to complete" (see complete (adj.)), via notion of "complete the obligations of politeness." Same word as complement but by a different etymological route; differentiated by spelling after 1650.

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