backhanded compliment

Definition of backhanded compliment

  1. :  a compliment that implies it is not really a compliment at all She paid me a backhanded compliment when she said my work was “surprisingly good.”

Word by Word Definitions

  1. :  indirect, devious

    :  sarcastic

    :  using or made with a backhand

  1. :  an expression of esteem, respect, affection, or admiration

    :  an admiring remark

    :  formal and respectful recognition :  honor

  1. :  to express esteem, respect, affection, or admiration to :  to pay a compliment to

    :  to present with a token of esteem

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