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What's a word for fake politeness?

Disingenuous; dissembling; dissimulating; mendacious; backhanded; forked tongue.
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What's a word for fake politeness?

"May I assist you?" he said, his words dripping with insincerity.
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Is "Let me know your thoughts" polite enough in conversation?

It depends on who you are talking to. In some contexts it sounds a bit stilted (too formal). In others it might sound condescending. If said said this to my partner, she might be somewhat offended ...
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Is "Let me know your thoughts" polite enough in conversation?

Let me know your thoughts is slightly informal, and can be interpreted by some as having a tint of condescension. A decision maker, or an organiser of a project/programme etc. can say that to the ...
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What's a word for fake politeness?

Smarminess is the noun form of the adjective smarmy, which is defined as: extremely polite or helpful or showing a lot of respect in a way that is annoying or does not seem sincere She was trying to ...
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What's a word for fake politeness?

A broad brush-stroke of a word for feigned politeness is hypocrisy, though I think the words suggested by other answerers are better than mine. The practice of professing beliefs, feelings, or ...
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Is "Let me know your thoughts" polite enough in conversation?

It might depend on the professor and your relationship. It could possibly seem a bit too informal to some who appreciate more deference: I would appreciate knowing your thoughts on this. ‘Let me know’ ...
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What's a word for fake politeness?

How about "politesse"? It means something like "formal politeness" and I think it has a connotation close to what you are looking for.
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What's a word for fake politeness?

This behavior is sometimes called "Minnesota nice". As described in this article We’re known for “Minnesota Nice,” but all that really is thinly-veiled passive-aggressiveness and an ...
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What's a word for fake politeness?

You are attempting to disguise the intent of your writing. There is a hidden message, and the recipient will have to read between the lines to understand the subtext because in writing the message ...
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What's a word for fake politeness?

Unctuous (adj.) to define the person and unctuousness (n.) to define the fake politeness are good choices. Wiktionary provides a good definition for unctuous: (by extension, of a person) Profusely ...
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What's a word for fake politeness?

Obsequious (adj.) or obsequiousness(n.) literally means acting overly polite, but it often has the connotation of excessive or feigned politeness. Merriam-Webster, "obsequious": : marked by ...
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What's a word for fake politeness?

Politeness has never been about sincerity; it is quite common for it to be fake. But you seem to be asking about something a little different, specifically: look professional but really intending to ...
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