Sycophantic

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Sycophantic Meaning and Definition from WordNet (r) 2.0
    sycophantic adj : attempting to win favor from influential people by flattery [syn: bootlicking, fawning, obsequious, toadyish]
Sycophantic Meaning and Definition from Webster's Revised Unabridged Dictionary (1913)
    Sycophantic \Syc`o*phan"tic\, Sycophantical \Syc`o*phan"tic*al\, a. [Cf. Gr. ? slanderous.] Of or pertaining to a sycophant; characteristic of a sycophant; meanly or obsequiously flattering; courting favor by mean adulation; parasitic. To be cheated and ruined by a sycophantical parasite. --South. Sycophantic servants to the King of Spain. --De Quincey.
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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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    I am ashamed of being a Malay. Our reading is mendicant and sycophantic. In history, our imagination plays us false. Ketuanan Melayu, bumiputera and special privileges are gaudy vocabularies that make some of us become addicted to the comforting illusion of life underneath the coconut shell for far too long. They are more interested in... Read more on this news related to 'Sycophantic'
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    If you ever hear John Hawkes say a sycophantic word about a jockey, check your pulse, something will be wrong.A lifetime of habit isn't about to change for the famous Sydney horse trainer, even in the aftermath of winning on Saturday... Read more on this news related to 'Sycophantic'
  • Ask LH: How Can I Stop My Sycophantic Colleague From CC'ing The Boss On Every Email?
    Dear Lifehacker, What should I do when a co-worker continually copies all their managers in all email communications? It comes off as though they are trying to make me seem bad in front of the bosses because they ignore what I have told them in person and ask question after question that I have already answered. More »           Read more on this news related to 'Sycophantic'

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