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Compliment vs. Complement
Complement: A Definition
Compliment: A Definition
1. An expression of praise, admiration or congratulation
2. A formal act of civility, respect or courtesy
What is the difference....exactly?
Although the words are pronounced the same, they have very different meanings. When you compliment someone, you are giving them praise; while complement represents completing or making something perfect. You can remember this by the word with the "e" also means complete. Complement = complete. Here are a few examples:
- I complimented her on her beautiful gown.
- Her gown complemented her earrings perfectly.
- The dancer received many compliments for her beauty and grace on stage.
- The music was a perfect complement to her dancing style.