What Is the Difference between 'Compliment' and 'Complement'?

(Last Updated: 6 September 2022)

The Difference between Compliment and Complement

It is easy to confuse compliment and complement because they are homophones (words that sound the same but are spelt differently).

As a noun, compliment (with an I) refers to a comment that expresses praise or approval:

✅ Everyone kept paying Usher compliments on his singing.

Compliment can also be used as a verb meaning 'to flatter' or 'to praise':

✅ Everyone complimented Usher on his singing.

Complement (with an E) is used to describe something that completes something else, and in doing so enhances it:

✅ Her design skills complement my business management skills and vice versa.

✅ A leather jacket would complement the outfit perfectly.

For tips on how to easily remember the difference, please click here.

Post a Comment