Like in an attempt to win you over for some reason or another, in that sense?.. What I mean here is not that one is wheedling, coaxing or sweet-talking, but rather complimenting hypocritically.
I know it sounds somewhat confusing but I believe there is a slight threadlike difference, at least, there is certainly in my language.

Much obliged for your remarks, beforehand.

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    What do you say in your language?
    – ermanen
    Oct 30, 2014 at 2:43
  • @ermanen Well we say quite a few actually, but the issue is I speak accentual/dialectal Arabic. That is a colloquial form of Arabic. There is of course the standard classic Arabic which is the original Language but there are 24 dialects due to 24 Arab countries, and I happen to not speak the standard I'm afraid. So I can give you the words we say but they will be to no avail because they are not standard. I'm terribly sorry in that regard I cannot help.
    – DesertLion
    Oct 30, 2014 at 3:45

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Not sure, but I believe the word you're looking for is flattery


Blandishments are compliments that are showered so to gain favours.


In American English slang, this is commonly known as a left-handed compliment.


There are a few ways you could go about saying this.

  • You could call it a back-handed compliment, a compliment that contains some underlying insult.

  • You could say that the person giving the compliment was being snide or, more colloquially, two-faced.

  • You could say that the compliment was feigned.

Hope one of these suits your needs.


"Patronizing" can be seen as a suitable answer given the appropriate context:

Collins English Dictionary says

If someone is patronizing, they speak or behave toward you in a way that seems friendly, but shows that they think they are superior to you in some way.

In other words, they are speaking to you positively (or complimentary) under a veil of insincerity.

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    – Sven Yargs
    Jun 21, 2017 at 2:20

False compliment, false flattery, feigned flattery


Adulation. I believe that might be a very good fit for the word you were searching for earlier.

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    Aug 6, 2018 at 12:45

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