Sycophancy Syc"o*phan*cy, n. [Cf. L. sycophantia deceit, Gr. ? false accusation.] The character or characteristic of a sycophant. Hence: [1913 Webster] (a) False accusation; calumniation; talebearing. [Obs.] --Bp. Hall. [1913 Webster] (b) Obsequious flattery; servility. [1913 Webster]

The sycophancy of A.Philips had prejudiced Mr. Addison against Pope. --Bp. Warburton. [1913 Webster]

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