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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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  • Quiz: Which Emmy winner are you?
    Face it, most of us will never win an Emmy. We’ll never get all glammed up by a fawning stylist and glitter our way up the Hollywood red carpet. We’ll never hear our name called, feign shock, hug those grimacing losers who dared go up against us, and glide to the podium. Read more on this news related to 'Fawning'
  • We've been fawning over Hohokum's music for a while now, because the soundtrack is a big part of wha
    We've been fawning over Hohokum's music for a while now , because the soundtrack is a big part of what makes this upcoming artsy PS4 game such a treat. Ghostly International has made the whole thing available to stream in anticipation of the game's launch next month. If you're not a believer yet, I'd highly recommend giving the thing a listen. Read more on this news related to 'Fawning'
  • Daniel Golden: Media go too easy on Scott Walker
    Dear Editor: Scott Walker is a serious politician in Wisconsin only because this state's media is derelict in truthful reporting of his continued failures. Putting aside the fawning coverage b… Read more on this news related to 'Fawning'

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