| Definition -
(Aka left handed compliment | backhanded compliment)
An insult that is disguised as a compliment, e.g. "You're smarter than you look."
Etymology - The term derives from the Greek asteismos, wit or witticism, which in turn derives from asteios, of a city or town. I assume that the idea is that city people are more likely to engage in asteism than country people.