Definition of sycophantic in English:


Syllabification: syc·o·phan·tic
Pronunciation: /ˌsikəˈfan(t)ik


Behaving or done in an obsequious way in order to gain advantage: a sycophantic interview
More example sentences
  • I suppose there was the inevitable, uncharitable flicker of hostility towards a woman who could, in this day and age, devote herself with such sycophantic subservience to men.
  • I guess some people thought I was a creep, offering sycophantic praise of someone who happens to be my boss.
  • I not only love movies, I'm also fascinated with the larger star-making machine that is Hollywood and the sycophantic press that supports it.
obsequious, servile, subservient, deferential, groveling, toadying, fawning, flattering, ingratiating, cringing, unctuous, slavish
informal smarmy, bootlicking, brown-nosing



Pronunciation: /ˌsikəˈfantik(ə)lē/
More example sentences
  • There is a public face to this film which it wears to interact with its audience - a face that is comforting, familiar, sycophantically seeking to reassure us with the empty surprises it assumes we all crave.
  • On the front row only parents, no fashion media darlings gasping sycophantically, scribbling furiously before sharpening their talons and publishing crippling reviews.
  • It is important to know how to laugh sycophantically.

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