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gnathonic

[ na-thon-ik ]
/ næˈθɒn ɪk /
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adjective

sycophantic; fawning.

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Origin of gnathonic

First recorded in 1630–40; from Latin gnathōnicus, derivative of Gnathōn- (stem of Gnathō ) name of a sycophantic character in the Roman comedy Eunuchus by Terence; see -ic

OTHER WORDS FROM gnathonic

gna·thon·i·cal·ly, adverb
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British Dictionary definitions for gnathonic

gnathonic
/ (næˈθɒnɪk) /

adjective

literary deceitfully flattering; sycophantic

Derived forms of gnathonic

gnathonically, adverb

Word Origin for gnathonic

C17: from Latin gnathōnicus, from Gnathō, such a character in the Eunuchus, Roman comedy by Terence
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