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A compliment deliberately worded such that the indirect meaning is actually an insult. Most left-handed compliments follow the pattern of expressing admiration or approval on the "compliment" side, then bringing up the "insult" side as a comparison or afterthought:

"You look splendid today, Marcie! Nobody would ever guess you're 45."

"Hey, that's a great looking shirt, Tim! You can barely see your beer-belly."

Sarcasm is a large component in the left-handed compliment. The more the aggressor knows about the target, and their particular weaknesses and sensitivities, the easier it is to deliver a left-handed compliment.

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