sycophancy

  • 1Sycophancy — 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; …

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  • 2sycophancy — 1620s, from L. sycophantia, from Gk. sykophantia, from sykophantes (see SYCOPHANT (Cf. sycophant)) …

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  • 3sycophancy — [sik′ə fən sē, sik′əfan΄sē] n. pl. sycophancies [L sycophantia < Gr sykophantia] the behavior or character, or an act, of a sycophant; servile flattery …

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  • 4Sycophancy — For fawning in the sense of a musical term, see Accarezzévole. Sycophancy means:[1] Obsequious flattery; servility. The character or characteristic of a sycophant. Alternative phrases are often used such as: apple polishing …

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  • 5sycophancy — [[t]sɪ̱kəfænsi, AM fənsi[/t]] N UNCOUNT (disapproval) Sycophancy is the quality or action of being sycophantic. [FORMAL] …

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  • 6sycophancy — 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… …

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  • 7sycophancy — noun Date: 1637 obsequious flattery; also the character or behavior of a sycophant …

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  • 8sycophancy — /sik euh feuhn see, fan , suy keuh /, n. 1. self seeking or servile flattery. 2. the character or conduct of a sycophant. [1615 25; < L sycophantia trickery < Gk sykophantía dishonest prosecution, equiv. to sykophant (see SYCOPHANT) + ia Y3; see&#8230; …

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  • 9sycophancy — noun The fawning behavior of a sycophant; servile flattery …

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  • 10sycophancy — Synonyms and related words: adulation, apple polishing, ass kissing, backbiting, backscratching, backstabbing, belittlement, blandishment, blarney, bootlicking, brown nosing, bunkum, cajolement, cajolery, calumny, compliment, cringing, defamation …

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  • 11sycophancy — syc·o·phan·cy || sɪkÉ™fÉ™nsɪ / fænsɪ n. excessive flattery, obsequiousness …

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  • 12sycophancy — n. Servility, obsequiousness, fawning, gross flattery, sycophantism …

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  • 13sycophancy — n 1. flattery, fawning, truckling, wheedling, toadeating, toadyism, tufthunting, sycophantism, lip homage, mouth honor, unc tuousness, Inf. soft soap, Sl. bootlicking, Sl. footlick ing, kowtow, Sl. apple polishing, Sl. brown nosing, Rare.&#8230; …

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  • 14sycophancy — syco·phan·cy …

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  • 15sycophancy — See: sycophant …

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  • 16sycophancy — syc•o•phan•cy [[t]ˈsɪk ə fən si, ˌfæn , ˈsaɪ kə [/t]] n. 1) self seeking or servile flattery 2) the character or conduct of a sycophant • Etymology: 1615–25 …

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  • 17sycophancy — /ˈsɪkəfænsi/ (say sikuhfansee), / fənsi/ (say fuhnsee), /ˈsaɪ / (say suy ) noun (plural sycophancies) 1. self seeking or servile flattery. 2. the character or conduct of a sycophant …

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  • 18sycophancy — noun fawning obsequiousness • Derivationally related forms: ↑sycophant • Hypernyms: ↑obsequiousness, ↑servility, ↑subservience …

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  • 19greasing —  Sycophancy …

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  • 20flattery — I (New American Roget s College Thesaurus) Undue adulation Nouns 1. flattery, adulation, blandishment, cajolery; fawning, wheedling, coquetry, sycophancy, flunkeyism, servility, toadying, incense, honeyed words, flummery, blarney; lip service,&#8230; …

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