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.

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