Definition of sycophant in English:

sycophant

Line breaks: syco|phant
Pronunciation: /ˈsɪkəfant
 
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noun

A person who acts obsequiously towards someone important in order to gain advantage.
More example sentences
  • An assortment of hatchet men, opportunists and sycophants gained access to the levers of power.
  • There will be several servile sycophants who will come forward as ‘White Knights’ to regain their lost positions.
  • Only the most sycophantic of the sycophants would even begin to make such a comparison. [In the past] there was at least a real enemy, there were real things to be done.
Synonyms
toady, creep, crawler, fawner, flatterer, flunkey, truckler, groveller, doormat, lickspittle, kowtower, obsequious person, minion, hanger-on, leech, puppet, spaniel, Uriah Heep
informal bootlicker, yes-man
vulgar slang arse-licker, arse-kisser, brown-nose
North American vulgar slang suckhole

Origin

mid 16th century (denoting an informer): from French sycophante, or via Latin from Greek sukophantēs 'informer', from sukon 'fig' + phainein 'to show', perhaps with reference to making the insulting gesture of the ‘fig’ (sticking the thumb between two fingers) to informers.

Derivatives

sycophancy

noun
More example sentences
  • Yet, in the boardroom, the deputies' opinions count for next-to-nothing: their deference and sycophancy are palpable.
  • Sick of the sycophancy and self-absorption all around her, why she flings herself into an affair with a comedian, desperate for media attention, is never made clear.
  • The desire to suck-up to ‘prestigious individuals’ is a survival mechanism; ‘prestigious individuals’ have leadership potential and the power to reward our sycophancy.

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