sycophant


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syc·o·phant

 (sĭk′ə-fənt, sī′kə-)
n.
A person who attempts to gain advantage by flattering influential people or behaving in a servile manner.

[Latin sȳcophanta, informer, slanderer, from Greek sūkophantēs, informer, from sūkon phainein, to show a fig (perhaps originally said of denouncers of theft or exportation of figs or of persons making a lascivious gesture resembling a fig) : sūkon, fig + phainein, to show; see bhā- in Indo-European roots.]

syc′o·phan′tic (-făn′tĭk), syc′o·phan′ti·cal (-tĭ-kəl) adj.
syc′o·phan′ti·cal·ly adv.

sycophant

(ˈsɪkəfənt)
n
a person who uses flattery to win favour from individuals wielding influence; toady
[C16: from Latin sӯcophanta, from Greek sukophantēs, literally: the person showing a fig, apparently referring to the fig sign used in making an accusation, from sukon fig + phainein to show; sense probably developed from 'accuser' to 'informer, flatterer']
ˈsycophancy n

syc•o•phant

(ˈsɪk ə fənt, -ˌfænt, ˈsaɪ kə-)

n.
a self-seeking, servile flatterer; fawning parasite.
[1530–40; < Latin sȳcophanta < Greek sȳkophántēs informer =sŷko(n) fig + phan- (s. of phaínein to show) + -tēs agent suffix]
syc`o•phan′tic, syc`o•phant′ish, adj.
syc`o•phan′ti•cal•ly, syc`o•phant′ish•ly, adv.
syc′o•phant•ism, n.
ThesaurusAntonymsRelated WordsSynonymsLegend:
Noun1.sycophant - a person who tries to please someone in order to gain a personal advantagesycophant - a person who tries to please someone in order to gain a personal advantage
apple polisher, bootlicker, fawner, groveler, groveller, truckler - someone who humbles himself as a sign of respect; who behaves as if he had no self-respect
adulator, flatterer - a person who uses flattery
goody-goody - a person who behaves extremely well in order to please a superior

sycophant

noun crawler, yes man, toady, slave, parasite, cringer, fawner, hanger-on, sponger, brown-noser (taboo slang), flatterer, truckler, lickspittle, ass-kisser (U.S. & Canad. taboo slang), apple polisher (U.S. slang), bootlicker (informal), toadeater (rare) a dictator surrounded by sycophants

sycophant

noun
One who flatters another excessively:
Informal: apple-polisher.
Translations

sycophant

[ˈsɪkəfənt] Nadulador(a) m/f

sycophant

[ˈsɪkəfænt] nflagorneur/euse m/f

sycophant

nKriecher(in) m(f), → Speichellecker(in) m(f) (inf)

sycophant

[ˈsɪkəfənt] nadulatore/trice
References in classic literature ?
Yet there was none of the sycophant or fawner in Billings; ordinarily I do not wax enthusiastic about men, but this man Billings comes as close to my conception of what a regular man should be as any I have ever met.
tis bittiful"--just like a genteel sycophant in a real drawing- room.
This man,' said Mr Haredale, eyeing him from top to toe, 'who in his boyhood was a thief, and has been from that time to this, a servile, false, and truckling knave: this man, who has crawled and crept through life, wounding the hands he licked, and biting those he fawned upon: this sycophant, who never knew what honour, truth, or courage meant; who robbed his benefactor's daughter of her virtue, and married her to break her heart, and did it, with stripes and cruelty: this creature, who has whined at kitchen windows for the broken food, and begged for halfpence at our chapel doors: this apostle of the faith, whose tender conscience cannot bear the altars where his vicious life was publicly denounced--Do you know this man?
They know from experience that they sometimes err; and the wonder is that they so seldom err as they do, beset, as they continually are, by the wiles of parasites and sycophants, by the snares of the ambitious, the avaricious, the desperate, by the artifices of men who possess their confidence more than they deserve it, and of those who seek to possess rather than to deserve it.
Henry felt in no mood for fencing with De Fulm, who, like the other sycophants that surrounded him, always allowed the King easily to best him in every encounter.
I'M sorry but as per usual David Cameron is a delusional sycophant.
As he threw the eggs, Johnson shouted: "He's a sycophant, he's a greedy leech, he's a parasite on this city.
I have always thought Baffour to be a bit of a sycophant of the president of Zimbabwe.
The word "toady" - a sycophant - was once the name given a magician's assistant who ate toads as part of the show.
Philippic Against Antonio Panormita and Apology Against a Certain Archdeacon and his Loathsome Sycophant Accomplices are presented on facing pages of Latin and English.
Call me a Rand sycophant or zealot, but I think reason could have done a lot better in honoring Rand's 100th birthday than the article by Cathy Young.
Crouch has been for too long an arrant intellectual bully-boy on the black side and a shameless sycophant and poseur on the other.