compliments

[ noun kom-pluh-muhnt; verb kom-pluh-ment ]SEE DEFINITION OF compliments
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Nor will I, but by distant civilities, return the compliments of any of my acquaintances.

Mr. Austin's compliments and would he see Mr. Austin for a few moments in Mr. Austin's room.

She received my compliments with a great deal of self-complacency.

My mother takes very kindly your compliments in your letter to her.

"Give my compliments to your father," Burke requested courteously.

His delighted vanity found in it the most insidious of compliments, as she had intended.

No; go through your compliments to the young lady in the meantime.

As I expected, he took it off to show it me better, and to pay his own compliments to it.

With this not very heroic interchange of compliments we parted.

"Helena stays with me to-night—my compliments," said Lady Delacour.

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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