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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  • Korean in U.S. Denounces Sycophantic Remarks of Chief Executive of South Korea
    Pyongyang, July 18 (KCNA) -- A Korean in the U.S. released an article denouncing the chief executive of south Korea for her sycophantic remarks. The article accused the chief executive of south Korea of crying out again for the "north's denuclearization." Read more on this news related to 'Sycophantic'
  • CURL: Obama, staffers not even pretending any more
    ANALYSIS/OPINION: "How did you go bankrupt?" "Two ways. Gradually, then suddenly." — Ernest Hemingway, "The Sun Also Rises" ---------------------- President Obama and his sycophantic minions don't even bother any more to come up with plausible answers to queries from the suddenly awakened media. Instead, they just repeat past ta Read more on this news related to 'Sycophantic'

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