sycophantic


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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.

sycophantic

(ˌsɪkəˈfæntɪk)
adj
using flattery to win favour from individuals wielding influence; toadyish; obsequious
ˌsycoˈphantically adv
ThesaurusAntonymsRelated WordsSynonymsLegend:
Adj.1.sycophantic - attempting to win favor from influential people by flattery
insincere - lacking sincerity; "a charming but thoroughly insincere woman"; "their praise was extravagant and insincere"
2.sycophantic - attempting to win favor by flattery
servile - submissive or fawning in attitude or behavior; "spoke in a servile tone"; "the incurably servile housekeeper"; "servile tasks such as floor scrubbing and barn work"

sycophantic

adjective obsequious, grovelling, ingratiating, servile, crawling, flattering, cringing, fawning, slimy, slavish, unctuous, smarmy (Brit. informal), toadying, parasitical, arse-licking (taboo slang), bootlicking (informal), timeserving his clique of sycophantic friends
Translations

sycophantic

[ˌsɪkəˈfæntɪk] ADJ [person] → servil, sobón; [speech] → adulatorio; [manner] → servil

sycophantic

[ˌsɪkəˈfæntɪk] adjflagorneur/euse

sycophantic

sycophantic

[ˌsɪkəˈfæntɪk] adj (frm) → ossequioso/a, adulatore/trice
References in classic literature ?
Was it her fault if she did not possess those sycophantic arts which her hypocritical nephew, Pitt Crawley, practised?
Perhaps if Welsh Labour were to listen to patients or frontline NHS staff, and not to their sycophantic appointees, they would be able to see the facts that are so blindingly obvious to us.
But most of all, it's a definite indication that the poppet needs to escape the sycophantic world of the boyband bubble and find some normal pals who'll tell him when he's heading out on the town looking like his nan's duvet.
Same set, songs, dancers, lighting, pyrotechnics, shouty intros and sycophantic host.
However, I would rather be shot at the stake than sing the so-called National Anthem, which I consider to be a cringingly embarrassing, sycophantic dirge and an insult to the country, its people and democracy.
Although, I find this sycophantic, Oscar speech like letter from George, pouring flattery on himself along with other recently deselected councillors, a stomach churning read.
I wouldn't have been surprised if, during the ad break, the sycophantic Burley had asked to borrow someone's cap she could do it to the Prime Minister.
That is why BDI and PDSH initiate campaigns of fat lies against every fresh and new power that might threat their comfortable sycophantic positions.
The Queen Could Sing Along IT'S a sycophantic song that the masses sing along, God Save the Queen, it's sick, it's obscene, It's antiquated, it's out of date, farcical, Verging on control, of all we could ask the Lord to save, We beg and chant God Save the Queen, A lovely person she may be but what's wrong With our people are they blind can they truly Not see that the sentiments of our national anthem Are a diabolical travesty, we should be singing, God forgive Our Godforsaken land, let your love for us all be seen Save us Lord from hate, fear and tyranny, an anthem, A worthwhile song with true national sentiments That the Queen could also sing along.
RE: Mr R Cooper's letter of July 27, the reason a royal baby produces nationwide sycophantic adoration is mainly due to most of the media's coverage.
The reward for killjoy of the week, however, must go to a little-known website called Born Equal, which has urged its supporters to be on the watch for any hint of the BBC celebrating, rather than reporting on, the royal birth It says: "We want your examples of the most cringeworthy, tasteless and sycophantic royal babyrelated programming across the BBC.
Most of it will be dull and all of it will be unquestioning and sycophantic.