However reactionary a sycophant to rich people and slasher of programs for others he might be, he is the governor.
The sycophant recognised the arms on the panel and collapsed.
People will say he was a vulgar parvenu, a sycophant, a snob—heaven knows what.
Just when there was a hope of Democracy, you have revived the notion that the demagogue was only the sycophant.
"Then a sycophant he is and will remain," said the Alexandrian with a laugh.
The secretary was valuable in part because he was frank and because in his sincere loyalty dwelt no taint of sycophant fawning.
Though, like most of his order, zealous for monarchy, he was no sycophant.
General Pervoyedov at last himself checked with dignity the disgusting officiousness of his sycophant in the grave.
He bowed and smiled—the smile of a courtier and sycophant—a smile I hated.
Draco is any bloody fellow; Favonius is any sycophant: but Pope is very different.
1530s (in Latin form sycophanta), "informer, talebearer, slanderer," from Latin sycophanta, from Greek sykophantes, originally "one who shows the fig," from sykon "fig" + phanein "to show." "Showing the fig" was a vulgar gesture made by sticking the thumb between two fingers, a display which vaguely resembles a fig, itself symbolic of a vagina (sykon also meant "vulva"). The story goes that prominent politicians in ancient Greece held aloof from such inflammatory gestures, but privately urged their followers to taunt their opponents. The sense of "mean, servile flatterer" is first recorded in English 1570s.