I remember a quote from a while ago that went somewhere along the line x is saying ´fuck you´ to a person but making them feel flattered

It's a quality that makes somebody polite, manipulative and tactful.

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    I'd call that person a politician.... – Hellion Jan 23 '18 at 20:15

A saccharine person is one with an overly sweet but insincere personality. Such a person is likely to be excessively kind on the surface but manipulative underneath, quite capable of giving backhanded compliments.

  1. cloyingly agreeable or ingratiating: a saccharine personality.
  2. exaggeratedly sweet or sentimental: a saccharine smile; a saccharine song of undying love.

Source: Dictionary.com

  • I think the poster is looking for a word that suggests a stronger negative than merely being insincere or phony. Someone can be "saccharine" without concealing active malevolence. – Tom Hughes Jan 23 '18 at 20:35

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