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?
Our reading is mendicant and sycophantic. In history our imagination plays us false.
The BISP former chairperson said that Nisar chose respect over 'darbaripana' (sycophantic behavior), adding that 99 percent of the sycophants wont realise they are slaves to the system.
Such behaviour has shown just what some of the super-rich are capable of, when kowtowed to by a sycophantic government that courts the wealthy for donations rather than hold them to account.
But they didn't really think he could win, so they continued to campaign at a leisurely pace and rely on the sycophantic media to present their candidate as inevitable.
She was magnificently miserable among the sycophantic fawning.
May I make a suggestion, which will surely satisfy Alun Cairns' sycophantic tendencies: name the new bridge The Prince of Wales, the old bridge the Princess Diana and the channel between them The Camilla Channel.
There are plenty of grovelling, sycophantic, forelock-tugging papers and celebrity magazines happy to give attention to that "other" lot, who haven't exactly been short of attention or media coverage over the last few weeks and months.
However, he is totally wrong, in my view, in saying the House of Lords is "not fit for purpose" and "packed with sycophantic cronies."
Well it's happening" - Veep star Tony Hale, who plays the president's sycophantic personal aide Gary Walsh in the Emmy-award winning comedy series created by The Thick Of It writer Armando Iannucci.
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.
The hiring, promotion, and tenure system has institutionalized sycophancy toward those in power." And yet Paglia herself must have proven sufficiently turn-a-blind-eye sycophantic to get tenure!