a self-seeking, servile flatterer; fawning parasite.
- syc·o·phan·tic, syc·o·phan·ti·cal, syc·o·phant·ish, adjective
- syc·o·phan·ti·cal·ly, syc·o·phant·ish·ly, adverb
- syc·o·phant·ism, noun
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How to use sycophant in a sentence
He showed that he has no real advisers left—only sycophants— and that his own views are as extreme as any of theirs.Putin's Moves Toward War in Ukraine Show How Dangerous He Has Become | Simon Shuster | February 22, 2022 | Time
In memory, he was reviled as a servile race traitor, a cringing sycophant to white wealth and power.
However reactionary a sycophant to rich people and slasher of programs for others he might be, he is the governor.
Worse yet, this now elderly American with his signature mutton chops was a royal sycophant.
The same intriguing sycophant who had encouraged the Papist in one fatal error was now encouraging the soldier in another.The History of England from the Accession of James II. | Thomas Babington Macaulay
Voluerunt sycophant theologi λεοντἡν illam sibi circumdare, ut essent nobis formidabiliores.History of the Great Reformation, Volume IV | J. H. Merle D'Aubign
"Don't go any nearer to them," said the Judge, in the tones of a sycophant.The ghosts of their ancestors | Weymer Jay Mills
Avaunt, thou grand sycophant of the nineteenth century, thou vile usurper of the people's throne!Aims and Aids for Girls and Young Women | George Sumner Weaver
The sycophant B would come to the magistrate, offer 1600 for the property, and lodge the 1600 with the magistrate.Speculations from Political Economy | C. B. Clarke
British Dictionary definitions for sycophant
a person who uses flattery to win favour from individuals wielding influence; toady
- sycophancy, noun
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