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complement (cf. COMPLIMENT): that which goes to ‘complete’ the character of a gentleman in regard to external appearance or demeanour WIV. IV. ii. 5, LLL. I. i. 167 “A man of c-s,” III. i, 24, H5 II. ii. 134 “deck'd in modest ” (=unostentatious demeanour), Rom. II. iv. 21 “captain of c-s,” Oth. I. i. 63 “ extern.” ∥ Mod. edd. fluctuate between “complement” and “compliment” in some of these passages.
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