I'm having trouble coming up with a word. I need to know what word describes the act of giving someone false confidence. An example would be...

Someone made a batch of home brewed beer and gave it to a master brewer. They said that it was good but the home brewer knows that it isn't. The brewer only said it was good to be polite and encouraging but that's not very helpful in the long run for the home brewer.

It's not really that the master brewer is patronizing the home brewer, he's not being condescending or acting superior, but "patronizing" is the only word I can think of at the moment. Maybe "enabling" would be a better description but I was wondering if anyone could think of a better term to describe this situation.

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    He just wants to be polite even though the beer may be terrible, this sounds like a white lie.
    – Zebrafish
    Feb 18 '19 at 3:41
  • It depends on if you think the end result is good or not. If it ends up causing harm, then it's misleading (or worse). If the home brewer ends up opening a business based on the false review, then the result could actually be disastrous. Are you trying to say that the master brewer did a good thing or a bad thing? Feb 18 '19 at 18:00

The master brewer flattered the home brewer about the quality of his beer.

Frequently, this word is used to indicate praise, but it's actual definition is about excessive praise. https://dictionary.cambridge.org/us/dictionary/english/flatter

The definitions indicating the excessive praise are a screen or two down from the top.

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