Word(s) of the Day: Complement v. Compliment

Complement /kämp-lə-mənt/

1. noun: something that fills up, completes, or makes perfect

Constancy is the complement of all other human virtues.” Giuseppe Mazzini, 1805 -1872

2. verb: to add to (something), make complete or enhance, form a complement to

An America that inspires hope in its ideals must complement an America that inspires awe in its strength.” Adam Schiff, 1960 –

Compliment /kämp-lə-mənt/

1. noun: an expression of esteem, respect, affection or adoration

The happiness of life is made up of minute fractions – the little, soon forgotten charities of a kiss or a smile, a kind look or heartfelt compliment.” Samuel Taylor Coleridge, 1772 – 1834

2. (plural) best wishes

example: “Give my compliments to the chef.”

3. verb: to politely congratulate or praise; present a token of esteem

If people did not compliment one another there would be little society.” Luc de Clapiers, marquis de Vauvenargues, 1715 – 1747