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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.
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using flattery to win favour from individuals wielding influence; toadyish; obsequious
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|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"
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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
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sycophantic[ˌsɪkəˈfæntɪk] adj → flagorneur/euse
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sycophantic[ˌsɪkəˈfæntɪk] adj (frm) → ossequioso/a, adulatore/trice
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