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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.
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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
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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.
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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
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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
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sycophant

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

sycophant

[ˈsɪkəfənt] Nadulador(a) m/f
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sycophant

[ˈsɪkəfænt] nflagorneur/euse m/f
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sycophant

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

[ˈsɪkəfənt] nadulatore/trice
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References in classic literature ?
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.
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?'
Lousy, bogus, political sycophants, the corrupt, dishonest and heavy drunkards should not be awarded any national honours.
Prince Keji urged the new government to avoid sycophants, saying that it should lay emphasis on security, employment, road network, water, education, health, agriculture and worker's welfare, adding that the sectors above are the panacea to successful governance.
She said that sycophants would start praising those who would bend in front of the dictators of these political parties.
The provisions of the agreement negotiated by former Secretary of State John Kerry and his team of sycophants make Neville Chamberlain's "peace in our time" negotiations with Hitler look like a stroke of genius.
Summary: New Delhi (India), May 11 (ANI): Congress leader Sanjay Nirupam on Saturday said "all governors are chamcha (sycophants)" while slamming Jammu and Kashmir Governor Satya Pal Malik for allegedly endorsing Prime Minister Narendra Modi's "Rajiv Gandhi was Bhrashtachari No 1" remark.
That they've seen sycophants climb the hierarchical ladder several steps above their genuine calibre simply on the back of hokum.