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1. Sports Made with or using a backhand: a backhanded shot into the opponent's court.
2. Oblique or roundabout: "Maybe [avant-garde novels'] frustrating lack of plot is a backhanded tribute to plots" (Harvey Cox).
3. Having derogatory or insulting implications: "Everyone...said how wonderful, how glamorous she looked, but even that was a sort of backhanded compliment, with the unspoken addendum, for your age" (Freda Warrington).

back′hand′ed·ly adv.
back′hand′ed·ness n.
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IAF Secretary General Zaki Bani Irshid was reported to tell the attendants during the meeting that "after this painful theatre play, which they so-called a democratic festival, has finished, we may say that the elections deserve all features of backhandedness and fraud with the absence of all meanings of honesty and transparency".