[sik-uh-fuh n-see, -fan-, sahy-kuh-]
- self-seeking or servile flattery.
- the character or conduct of a sycophant.
Origin of sycophancy
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Examples from the Web for sycophancy
Alone among the servants he had no time for sycophancy or subservience.Queen Victoria’s Secret Scottish Sex Castle
August 17, 2014
There was no sycophancy on the part of the young man, no patronage on that of the employer.Macaria
Augusta Jane Evans Wilson
Much of this sycophancy is due to the poverty of the educated classes.Face to Face with Kaiserism
James W. Gerard
Sycophancy was as acceptable as real regard, since each catered to his vanity.The Lady Doc
The President, however, was growing weary of his own sycophancy.The Rise of the Dutch Republic, Volume II.(of III) 1566-74
John Lothrop Motley
The whole teaching profession is honeycombed with sycophancy.Meccania
Word Origin and History for sycophancy
1620s, from Latin sycophantia, from Greek sykophantia, from sykophantes (see sycophant).
Online Etymology Dictionary, © 2010 Douglas Harper