- sycophantic; fawning.
Origin of gnathonic
1630–40; < Latin gnathōnicus, derivative of Gnathōn- (stem of Gnathō) name of a sycophantic character in the Roman comedy Eunuchus by Terence; see -ic
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- literary deceitfully flattering; sycophantic
C17: from Latin gnathōnicus, from Gnathō, such a character in the Eunuchus, Roman comedy by Terence