Difference between compliment and complement
There is a big difference between compliment and complement. Both words sound the same when pronounced, but their meanings are very different. Compliment means to give praise, express admiration or giving congratulations. Complement, on the other hand, means completing something or to make something perfect.
The following examples will make the usage clear.
|I complimented on his dress sense. (I praised his dress sense.)
|The black shirt is complementing your beige pants. (the black shirt is looking good with the beige pants, in fact it is enhancing the beauty of beige colored pants.)
|My compliments to the lady for such a delicious dinner. (I am thankful and full of praise for the lady.)||Butter breads complemented the juicy butter chicken. (butter chicken tasted great with butter breads.)|
|I meant it as a compliment not as a sarcastic statement.||Lights complemented their performances.|