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compliment

Spelled compl-i-ment, the English word meaning "praise." Spelled compl-e-ment, the term refers to numbers. See complement.
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But she holds it on sufferance and by a complimentary construction of language which does not refer to her.
'but you're very complimentary. May I imprint a--a one--upon it?
"Now, my dear Tess, if I did not know that you are very much excited, and very inexperienced, I should say that remark was not very complimentary. How came you to wish that if you care for me?
"That is a flattering, complimentary phrase which cannot proceed from any one but M.
Anne had known beforehand of the party, but she had not known that she and Gilbert were, as the founders of the Society, to be presented with a very complimentary "address" and "tokens of respect" -- in her case a volume of Shakespeare's plays, in Gilbert's a fountain pen.
There was also a postscript to the effect that though THE BILLOW carried no free-list, it took great pleasure in sending him a complimentary subscription for the ensuing year.
When a man has no perceptible eyelids, and when his eyes globularly project so far out of his head, that you expect to have to pick them up for him whenever you see him lean forward, how are mortal fingers and bushes to diffuse the right complimentary expression over them?
You will not find me so ignorant as some of the other girls." She waited a little, anticipating a few complimentary words.
After this, came the dinner and the letter writing, and some more talking, in the course of which Miss Haredale took occasion to charge upon Dolly certain flirtish and inconstant propensities, which accusations Dolly seemed to think very complimentary indeed, and to be mightily amused with.
I don't know what this - jolly old - Jaundiced Jail,' Tom had paused to find a sufficiently complimentary and expressive name for the parental roof, and seemed to relieve his mind for a moment by the strong alliteration of this one, 'would be without you.'
Visitors have complimentary use of a fully equipped health and fitness club with a heated indoor 20m pool and children's pool, Jacuzzi, sauna, steamroom and fully-equipped gym.
Medical aids will thus only be able to provide what is called a complimentary cover.