gnathonic

gnathonic

(næˈθɒnɪk) or

gnathonical

adj
(Literary & Literary Critical Terms) literary deceitfully flattering; sycophantic
[C17: from Latin gnathōnicus, from Gnathō, such a character in the Eunuchus, Roman comedy by Terence]
gnaˈthonically adv
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gna•thon•ic

(neɪˈθɒn ɪk)

adj.
sycophantic; fawning.
[1630–40; < Latin gnathōnicus=Gnathōn-, s. of Gnathō a sycophantic character in the Roman comedy Eunuchus by Terence + -icus -ic]
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