What is Damn With Faint Praise?


To implycondemnation of someone by praising them for utterly unimportantdetails. From Alexander Pope's Epistle to Doctor Arbuthnot (1733): "Damn with faint praise, assent with civil leer, and, without sneering, teach the rest to sneer."

Damn with faint praise:

One thing you can say for the force that invaded Iraq, at least they kept their uniforms clean.

Among statesmen of the twentieth century, Joseph Stalin truly and undeniably knew how to trim his moustache.

The Creationist propaganda movie was recorded on what were physically some of the finest rolls of film I've ever watched. As for the arguments and evidence recorded on them, well ...,

From Batman (1989):

On the other hand he had a tremendous singing voice.

See trivial, excuse, irony, pleasant, superficial, imply


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