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Polite in an unpleasant or insincere way

proper

adjective

behaving in a way that is so polite that other people feel annoyed or uncomfortable

suave

adjective

confident and polite in a way that may not be sincere

obsequious

adjective

too keen to please someone, in a way that does not seem sincere

simpering

adjective

trying to be friendly and pleasant in a way that appears silly and not sincere

slimy

adjective

polite and friendly in a way that is unpleasant because it is not honest or sincere

greasy

adjective

very friendly and polite in a way that is unpleasant and not sincere

smarmy

adjective

extremely pleasant and polite in a way that seems false

oily

adjective

polite to people, but in an unpleasant way that does not seem sincere

mannered

adjective

behaving, speaking, or writing in a way that is extremely formal and not natural

all sweetness and light

if a person or situation is all sweetness and light, they are very pleasant, often in a way that seems false

SOLE

… a teaching method in which groups of children learn independently using a computer linked to the internet

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bankster

a derogatory word used for referring to people in the banking and investment industry who are thought of as taking serious risks in order to increase their own earnings …

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