- A person who acts obsequiously toward 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.
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- 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.
mid 16th century (denoting an informer): from French sycophante, or via Latin from Greek sukophantēs 'informer', from sukon 'fig' + phainein 'to show'; the association with informing against the illegal exportation of figs from ancient Athens (recorded by Plutarch) is not substantiated.