Dictionary Meaning and Definition on 'Sycophantic'
adj : attempting to win favor from influential people by flattery
[syn: bootlicking, fawning, obsequious, toadyish]
- 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.
Sycophantic servants to the King of Spain. --De
Wikipedia Meaning and Definition on 'Sycophantic'
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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.[See more about Sycophantic at Dictionary 3.0 Encyclopedia]
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Sycophantic Sample Sentences in News
- Sycophantic praises and bootlicking: the curse of African politics
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- RALPH NADER: Who Wants to Be Town Jester of Winsted, Connecticut?
There’s an old saying “in humor there is truth.” Until the 18th century, British monarchs, surrounded by sycophantic entourages, retained court Jesters to tell them the truth in the garb of satire and motley costumes with donkey ears, red-flannel coxcomb and bells. Read more on this news related to 'Sycophantic'