[sik-uh-fuh n-see, -fan-, sahy-kuh-]


self-seeking or servile flattery.
the character or conduct of a sycophant.

Origin of sycophancy

1615–25; < Latin sȳcophantia trickery < Greek sȳkophantía dishonest prosecution, equivalent to sȳkophant- (see sycophant) + -ia -y3; see -cy Unabridged Based on the Random House Unabridged Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2019

Examples from the Web for sycophancy

Contemporary Examples of sycophancy

Historical Examples of sycophancy

  • There was no sycophancy on the part of the young man, no patronage on that of the employer.


    Augusta Jane Evans Wilson

  • Much of this sycophancy is due to the poverty of the educated classes.

  • Sycophancy was as acceptable as real regard, since each catered to his vanity.

    The Lady Doc

    Caroline Lockhart

  • The President, however, was growing weary of his own sycophancy.

  • The whole teaching profession is honeycombed with sycophancy.


    Owen Gregory

Word Origin and History for sycophancy

1620s, from Latin sycophantia, from Greek sykophantia, from sykophantes (see sycophant).

Online Etymology Dictionary, © 2010 Douglas Harper