mealymouthed


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Synonyms for mealymouthed

hesitant to state facts or opinions simply and directly as from e.g. timidity or hypocrisy

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IOC president Thomas Bach is already making mealymouthed comments about how well the Russians are cleaning up their act, just days after their ban was imposed.
[B]asically, modern and uniform codes were mealymouthed or at best meliorative.").
Perhaps he remembered axed Westminster Culture Minister Maria Miller's widely-condemned, mealymouthed 32 second apology to the House of Commons over her expenses and thought, that went well.
It appeared to illustrate a mealymouthed speech with the composer speaking from head rather than heart.
Inevitably there have been mealymouthed defences of Fox's private life from right-on Labour MPs.
Fletcher smashed home an unstoppable first-half volley from 20 yards to open the scoring in Manchester United's 3-0 defeat of Everton, but manager Sir Alex Ferguson was distinctly mealymouthed with his praise.
One thing that separates Crooke from more conventional, mealymouthed analysts of the Middle East is his unwillingness to understate this conflict, which he understands as a deadly struggle between two armed camps whose notions of reality are fundamentally irreconcilable.
Buchloh's attempts at reducing the work to "commodity sculpture" that undoes "not a single discursive frame" (a mealymouthed reiteration of which appears in Art Since 1900, that narrow history of art that fancies itself a responsible textbook).
From the February 25 entry in her journal: "Lowell's class yesterday a great disappointment: I said a few mealymouthed things, a few BU students yattered nothings I wouldn't let my Smith freshmen say without challenge.
Even if few people still had memories of Henry Wallace's 1948 presidential bid, progressive seemed too redolent of the left's disdain for mealymouthed corporatist liberalism--a word you'd encounter on Pacifica but not on National Public Radio.
This is the sentiment that downtrodden workers, wearied by mealymouthed compromises, have been longing to hear for years from a trade union leader.
Almost from the moment the mealymouthed and watery version of our national anthem had been delivered, there was a weary acceptance of a total annihilation by the old enemy.
(We have yet to learn how he got the name "Lawws.") The league's board, with its vague warm and fuzzy agenda, considered Pang a naive videogenic clone who would willingly follow their mealymouthed scripts advocating that clones and humans peaceably coexist.
The Herbmeister is saved from demolition by a washed-up, mealymouthed former race-car driver named Hank Cooper (Bruce Campbell, of "The Adventures of Briscoe County, Jr.").