I'm searching for this word but I can't think of it. It describes when you say something you don't believe in but know it's what the other person wants to hear. Such as:

"I wish you the best of luck in your future relationships."

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It may have a little harder edge than you are describing but sardonic can fit.

sardonic: [American use] showing an amused attitude toward someone or something that suggests a criticism but does not express it

[British use]: showing little respect in a humorous but unkind way, often because you think that you are too important to consider or discuss a matter

Cambridge Dictionaries Online

  • ah that's it!!!! It's been killing me all day
    – random
    Jun 29, 2016 at 19:10
  • If it's a quote from an external source, add a > symbol at the beginning of each line, please.
    – NVZ
    Jun 29, 2016 at 19:33
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    In my version of BrE, I wish you the best of luck in your future relationships actually means Now f****k off and don't come back! Jun 29, 2016 at 20:04

maybe the word you are looking for is one of these?

facetious: "treating serious issues with deliberately inappropriate humor; flippant."

reassure: say or do something to remove the doubts and fears of someone.

  • facetious is really close but was thinking of sardonic. Thank you so much for the help though!
    – random
    Jun 29, 2016 at 19:16
  • Welcome to English Language and Usage. Please always try to link a dictionary definition that you quote in your answer and cite the source as the other answers do. You can create a hyperlink with [facetious](web address).
    – user140086
    Jun 29, 2016 at 19:34

Rather than sparing my feelings, spare me your

white lie


a harmless or trivial lie, especially one told to avoid hurting someone's feelings.

google: white lie

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