sycophancy

[ sik-uh-fuh n-see, -fan-, sahy-kuh- ]
/ ˈsɪk ə fən si, -ˌfæn-, ˈsaɪ kə- /

noun

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
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Word Origin and History for sycophancy

sycophancy


n.

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

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