Just outside conscious mind Im trying to remember an adjective fitting that description. Might have "ch" in it, might end in "ic". May well be linked to a specific drug.

Thanks in advance

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  • Could it be the word Bacchic? In the sense of "drunken and debauched." – Tushar Raj Oct 13 '17 at 10:58
  • Thank you Tushar! But this is a word I probably picked up in crime fiction, where people are often using or subdued with drugs; I think it may well contain the name.of drug in the adjective. – Mark E K Oct 13 '17 at 11:02
  • Hmm. Is it a long word or a short one? – Tushar Raj Oct 13 '17 at 11:03
  • Were you thinking of Antiseptic? – moonstar Oct 13 '17 at 15:08
  • "antiseptic smile"? - no, but thanks – Mark E K Oct 13 '17 at 15:34

saccharine adj.

  1. cloyingly agreeable or ingratiating.

  2. exaggeratedly sweet or sentimental.

[RHK Webster's]

  1. Having a cloyingly sweet attitude, tone, or character: a saccharine smile.


too sweet or too polite:

I don't trust her, with her saccharine smiles.


  • First time ever Ive used this site; searched for.a forum like this and pow! V pleased and grateful! – Mark E K Oct 13 '17 at 11:22

How about melancholic or glazed?

  • I think the context will help. I was writing to a friend about our local council which makes a big deal twice a year of asking for our feedback and suggestions as if they're really interested. My personal experience, by email and phone chat, has been that this is a very superficial exercise they go through, and I was thinking of a particular town clerk, beaming as she requests people's feedback, while perhaps her real goal underneath is to give a good image of the council and protect her job. – Mark E K Oct 13 '17 at 12:21
  • Btw - can you pls explain to a newbie the customary use of Upgrade / Downgrade / Tick? Thanks – Mark E K Oct 13 '17 at 12:27
  • Sure upvote/downvote is the obvious way to endorse an answer (or otherwise) The tick is what you use to accept an anaswer as being the correct answer to your question. – Paula Livingstone Oct 13 '17 at 13:13
  • Thanks - is the tick used only if it's 'the answer'? ie not if it's valuable and interesting? – Mark E K Oct 13 '17 at 13:17
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    thanks again. I like saccharine - it's insincere sugar :) – Mark E K Oct 13 '17 at 13:25

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