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Fawning Meaning and Definition from WordNet (r) 2.0
    fawning adj : attempting to win favor from influential people by flattery [syn: bootlicking, obsequious, sycophantic, toadyish]
Fawning Meaning and Definition from Webster's Revised Unabridged Dictionary (1913)
    Fawn \Fawn\, v. i. [imp. & p. p. Fawned; p. pr. & vb. n. Fawning.] [OE. fawnen, fainen, fagnien, to rejoice, welcome, flatter, AS. f[ae]gnian to rejoice; akin to Icel. fagna to rejoice, welcome. See Fain.] To court favor by low cringing, frisking, etc., as a dog; to flatter meanly; -- often followed by on or upon. You showed your teeth like apes, and fawned like hounds. --Shak. Thou with trembling fear, Or like a fawning parasite, obeyest. --Milton. Courtiers who fawn on a master while they betray him. --Macaulay.
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Sycophancy means:

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The Greek for sycophant is συκοφάντης (sykophántēs). It suggests someone who brings all kinds of charges and proves none, according to a client of Demosthenes. In this context, the word entails false accusation, malicious prosecution, and abuse of legal process for mischievous or fraudulent purposes.

In ancient Greece the word was the Athenian counterpart of the Roman delator, a public informer. In modern Greek the term has retained its ancient classical meaning, and is still used to describe a slanderer or a calumniator.

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Fawning Sample Sentences in News


  • L.A. gets snarky about Obama traffic delays: #ThanksObama
    President Obama may rake in the money from fawning donors during his two-day fundraising sweep through Los Angeles this week, but he's not winning any fans among commuters who, as they do, take to social media to vent. Read more on this news related to 'Fawning'
  • Agent Hague making excuses for Israel
    William Hague has quit as British foreign secretary. We thought the fawning Zio, Miliband D, was bad enough but his successor, Hague, probably made us even more enemies around the world. Read more on this news related to 'Fawning'
  • First fawn of the year born at Leeds tourist venue
    Visitors will be fawning over new additions at a popular tourist attraction in Leeds. Read more on this news related to 'Fawning'

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