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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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I was here in danger of losing my life by a compliment which the Portuguese paid the prince of a discharge of twelve muskets; one being unskilfully charged too high, flew out of the soldier's hand, and falling against my leg, wounded it very much; we had no surgeon with us, so that all I could do was to bind it hard with some cloth.
He rose, and, paying the customary compliments to the mistress of the mansion, withdrew.
It was true she had a theoretic objection to compliments, and had once said impatiently to Philip that she didn't see why women were to be told with a simper that they were beautiful, any more than old men were to be told that they were venerable; still, to be so irritated by a common practice in the case of a stranger like Mr.
She had not even a share in his opening compliments.Her name was not mentioned; and there was so striking a change in all this, and such an illjudged solemnity of leavetaking in his graceful acknowledgments, as she thought, at first, could not escape her father's suspicion.
It may seem easy enough to account for all this, by reflecting that the theatrical stage is nothing more than a representation, or, as Aristotle calls it, an imitation of what really exists; and hence, perhaps, we might fairly pay a very high compliment to those who by their writings or actions have been so capable of imitating life, as to have their pictures in a manner confounded with, or mistaken for, the originals.
"Which that were my own belief," answered Joe - "her compliments to Mrs.
"The next time you write to your good father, Miss Elliot, pray give him my compliments and Mrs Croft's, and say that we are settled here quite to our liking, and have no fault at all to find with the place.
Sir Thomas immediately improved this compliment by adding, "Very true.
He took me for a reptile, and it troubled me, because I didn't know whether it was a compliment or not.
It was the only compliment I got -- if it was a compliment.
"Quite a compliment! Quite a compliment, I declare," exclaimed the donkey, turning to look at Scraps.
Somehow Anne--who did not notice the rather guilty little start of surprise the white-lace girl gave, and would not have understood the subtle compliment implied therein if she had--got on her feet, and moved dizzily out to the front.