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sycophant

[ sik-uh-fuhnt, -fant, sahy-kuh- ]
/ ˈsɪk ə fənt, -ˌfænt, ˈsaɪ kə- /
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noun

a self-seeking, servile flatterer; fawning parasite.

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Origin of sycophant

1530–40; <Latin sȳcophanta<Greek sȳkophántēs informer, equivalent to sŷko(n) fig + phan- (stem of phaínein to show) + -tēs agentive suffix
syc·o·phan·tic, syc·o·phan·ti·cal, syc·o·phant·ish, adjectivesyc·o·phan·ti·cal·ly, syc·o·phant·ish·ly, adverbsyc·o·phant·ism, noun
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British Dictionary definitions for sycophant

sycophant
/ (ˈsɪkəfənt) /

noun

a person who uses flattery to win favour from individuals wielding influence; toady
sycophancy, noun
C16: from Latin sӯcophanta, from Greek sukophantēs, literally: the person showing a fig, apparently referring to the fig sign used in making an accusation, from sukon fig + phainein to show; sense probably developed from ``accuser'' to ``informer, flatterer''
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