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Is there any difference between "compliment", "louange" and "éloge"? Their definitions in the Larousse dictionary are very similar. Examples:

  • Elle a reçu des compliments / louanges / éloges pour son travail bénévole.

  • Il a trouvé le compliment / la louange / l'éloge très touchant(e), après tant d'années de travail.

  • Les gens timides ont souvent du mal à accepter les compliments / louanges / éloges.

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  • Éloge has the characteristic of being one of the few words many native French speakers are unsure about the gender.
    – jlliagre
    Aug 5, 2019 at 21:37
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    "Compliment" est plus courant, "louanges" et "éloges" sont plus forts (peut-être simplement parce qu'ils sont moins usités). Noter que "louanges" et "éloges" sont généralement au pluriel ("compliment" est ainsi plus naturel dans le second exemple). On trouve "éloge" au singulier plutôt dans des titres de livres "éloge de X". Aug 7, 2019 at 13:30

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  1. Compliment is a polite expression of praise or admiration

    “What a beautiful dress”

  2. Louange is rather a praise

    “This person is the most honest...”

  3. Un éloge is rather used to praise someone for what he/she did and is close to louanges.
    It can also be used as funeral oration.
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  • 1) I don't understand the difference between "a polite expression of praise or admiration" (compliment) and "praise" (louange). Every praise is polite and implies admiration. 2) Couldn't I use "compliment" and "louange" to praise someone for what he/she did? 3) Which one of these words is the most usual ? Aug 7, 2019 at 14:13
  • French is about the context; you would consider « compliments » when trading lightly ; for exemple you compliment someone for his/her cloth, hair makeup or being certified
    – lucTiber
    Aug 7, 2019 at 16:13
  • Louange is rather use in a more formal way : for example when you praise someone for what he/she accomplished during ww2. At the difference of a compliment, here you praise someone actions to someone else or to a group (and I have to say I will use this one only if the praised is dead or old enough)
    – lucTiber
    Aug 7, 2019 at 16:17
  • In day to day life you compliment someone quite often ; in more formal occasion, you”louange” someone for what he/she did - at a wedding you compliment the groom for making the right choice and the wife for her beautiful dress and while raising a toast you “sing the louange” of the groom who had wonderful life
    – lucTiber
    Aug 7, 2019 at 16:21
  • Hope it helps understanding the difference
    – lucTiber
    Aug 7, 2019 at 16:22

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