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Monday, February 26, 2007

Definitions for sycophant

  1. A person who attempts to win favor by flattering people of wealth or influence; a parasite; a toady.

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Citations for sycophant
The praise Oxford received as a poet may simply have issued from the mouths of sycophants hungry for patronage. Howard Chua-Eoan and Helen Gibson, Time
Friendship with the son and daughter-in-law of an imprisoned Supreme Court justice afforded me a special pipeline into high-level Ghanaian gossip about the alarming psychological condition of the head of state, said alternately to be suffering from delusions of grandeur fed by sycophants or to be reduced to quivering agoraphobia after the attempts on his life. David Levering Lewis, The American Scholar
Origin of sycophant
Sycophant derives from Greek sukophantes, "an accuser (especially a false accuser) or rogue," from sukon, "fig" + phantes, "one who shows," from phainein, "to show."