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backhanded

adjective uk   /ˌbækˈhæn.dɪd/ us  
A backhanded remark seems pleasant but may really be a criticism or mean something unkind: a backhanded complimentUnkind, cruel and unfeelingViolent or aggressiveTreating people or animals badlyInsults and abuse
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