During an argument one person capitulates, not because they agree, but just to irritate the other with phrases like:

Yes, of course you are right etc.

Is there a specific word to describe this person?

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    Someone who has more important matters to dwell on? – WS2 Apr 3 '14 at 7:11
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    ......sarcastic – Edwin Ashworth Apr 3 '14 at 7:18
  • Martyr? (Not sure it's a good fit because the question doesn't provide enough context.) – Bradd Szonye Apr 3 '14 at 7:50
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    There is a specific word, you're 100% right. Good work. – Ronan Apr 3 '14 at 8:51
  • @Ronan don't be so patronising. – Neil W Apr 3 '14 at 12:14

The verb that seems to come closest is humor

Comply with the wishes of (someone) in order to keep them content, however unreasonable such wishes might be: she was always humoring him to prevent trouble

This conveys expression of insincere agreement (or conduct) while actually disagreeing. However, the term is often used to describe a process intended to soothe rather than annoy. If irritation is part of the concept ytou wish to convey, you would probably need an adjective

She snidely humored him, agreeing with his every pronouncement, eventually leading to his storming out of the room.

There is a related concept, yes-man

a person who agrees with everything that is said; especially : one who endorses or supports without criticism every opinion or proposal of an associate or superior

Again, there is often an implication that the process is intended to placate rather than annoy. An adjective could change that

He was a transparent yes-man. His boss found the unbridled enthusiasm annoying, not flattering.


Positive words:



Negative words:



  • Did you mean to say that humble is positive and surrenderer is negative? Because those connotations don't sound right to me. (Not sure whether surrenderer is a good word in general, actually.) – Bradd Szonye Apr 3 '14 at 7:51
  • @BraddSzonye you are correct, surrenderer is actually a negative word, because we often read this word in the context of battles and no one likes to lose/surrender. Thanks for pointing it out. Answer edited. :) – soery Apr 3 '14 at 7:59

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