adjective Date: 1676 of, relating to, or characteristic of a sycophant ; fawning, obsequious <
sycophantic compliments
sycophantically adverb

New Collegiate Dictionary. 2001.


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  • sycophantic — adjective his clique of sycophantic friends Syn: obsequious, servile, subservient, deferential, groveling, toadying, fawning, flattering, ingratiating, cringing, unctuous, slavish; informal smarmy, bootlicking, brown nosing …   Thesaurus of popular words

  • sycophantic — sycophant ► NOUN ▪ a person who flatters someone important in a servile way. DERIVATIVES sycophancy noun sycophantic adjective. ORIGIN originally denoting an informer: from Greek sukophant s, from sukon fig + phainein to show , perhaps with… …   English terms dictionary

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