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00856--What is the difference between complement and compliment, and complimentary and complementary?




What is the difference between complement and compliment, and complimentary and complementary?

Complement = that which completes

Compliment = praise, flattering remarks

To compliment = to praise.
To complement = to go well with, to complete

Complementary = completing a whole

Complimentary = (a) flattering, and, (b) free of charge

Examples

Complimentary remarks
Complimentary tickets

The word `surrender' and the word `will' appear to be diametrically opposite, but in reality they are complementary. They are not contradictory.  [Osho]

It is true that so many so-called democratic countries are not courageous enough even to give me a tourist visa. It is a great compliment. They have never given such a compliment to any other man in the whole of history. [Osho]


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