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Antonyms for compliment
ˈkɒm plə mənt; -ˌmɛntcom·pli·ment

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English Synonyms and Antonyms

  1. compliment

    Praise is the hearty approval of an individual, or of a number or multitude considered individually, and is expressed by spoken or written words; applause, the spontaneous outburst of many at once. Applause is expressed in any way, by stamping of feet, clapping of hands, waving of handkerchiefs, etc., as well as by the voice; acclamation is the spontaneous and hearty approval of many at once, and strictly by the voice alone. Thus one is chosen moderator by acclamation when he receives a unanimous viva voce vote; we could not say he was nominated by applause. Acclaim is the more poetic term for acclamation, commonly understood in a loftier sense; as, a nation's acclaim. Plaudit is a shout of applause, and is commonly used in the plural; as, the plaudits of a throng. Applause is also used in the general sense of praise. Approbation is a milder and more qualified word than praise; while praise is always uttered, approbation may be silent. "Approbation speaks of the thing or action.... Praise is always personal." A. W. and J. C. Hare Guesses at Truth first series, p. 549. [Macmillan & Co. '66.] Acceptance refers to an object or action; approbation may refer to character or natural traits. Approval always supposes a testing or careful examination, and frequently implies official sanction; approbation may be upon a general view. The industry and intelligence of a clerk win his employer's approbation; his decision in a special instance receives his approval. Praise is always understood as genuine and sincere, unless the contrary is expressly stated; compliment is a light form of praise that may or may not be sincere; flattery is insincere and ordinarily fulsome praise.

    Antonyms:
    abuse, animadversion, blame, censure, condemnation, contempt, denunciation, disapprobation, disapproval, disparagement, hissing, ignominy, obloquy, reproach, reproof, repudiation, scorn, slander, vilification, vituperation

    Synonyms:
    acclaim, acclamation, adulation, applause, approbation, approval, cheering, cheers, encomium, eulogy, flattery, laudation, panegyric, plaudit, praise, sycophancy

Complete Dictionary of Synonyms and Antonyms

  1. complimentnoun

    Antonyms:
    insult, discourtesy, contempt

    Synonyms:
    homage, courtesy, flattery, praise

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Princeton's WordNet

  1. complimentverb

    a remark (or act) expressing praise and admiration

  2. compliment, congratulateverb

    say something to someone that expresses praise

    "He complimented her on her last physics paper"

    Synonyms:
    preen, pride, congratulate, felicitate, plume

  3. complimentverb

    express respect or esteem for

    Synonyms:
    congratulate

How to use compliment in a sentence?

  1. Kim Hubbard:

    Some people pay a compliment as if they expected a receipt.

  2. Dr. Nalini Jokmels:

    Too often we underestimate the power of a simple touch, a kind word, a listening ear, an honest compliment or the smallest act of caring, all of which have the potential to turn a life around. -Leo Buscaglia

  3. Victor Hugo:

    A compliment is like a kiss through a veil.

  4. Dale Carnegie:

    If you want to win friends, make it a point to remember them. If you remember my name, you pay me a subtle compliment you indicate that I have made an impression on you. Remember my name and you add to my feeling of importance.

  5. Lucius Annaeus Seneca:

    Courage is resistance to fear, mastery of fear-not absence of fear. Except a creature be part coward it is not a compliment to say it is brave.

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