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part of speech: noun
pronunciation: kam pl mnt
definition 1: an expression of praise, admiration, or approval.
He gave her a compliment on her speech.
criticism, insult
similar words:
admiration, approval, congratulation, praise, tribute
definition 2: (plural) a polite greeting.
Please give my compliments to your family.
greetings, regards, respects
part of speech: verb
pronunciation: kam pl ment
inflections: compliments, complimenting, complimented
definition: to give a compliment to.
The principal complimented us on our work.
applaud, praise
abuse, criticize, insult, malign
similar words:
acclaim, approve, commend, congratulate, honor, salute
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Are you looking for the word complement (something that completes or perfects)? Compliment and complement sound alike and look almost the same, but they have different meanings.
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The word compliment contains the following parts:
com- Latin prefix that means with, together
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The prefix com- attaches to Latin bases beginning with m, p, or b. It has multiple forms, as the 'm' sound in com- assimilates to the initial sound of the base to which it is attached. See the assimilated forms col-, con-, cor-, and co-. Note: com- is frequently an intensive prefix, as in "commemorate " and "command ."
ple, plen, plet Latin root that means fill up, fulfill
-ment Latin noun-forming suffix that means act, process, or instance of
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The suffix -ment attaches to Latin verb roots (e.g., doc, reg, sed) or to English verbs of Latin origin to form nouns.