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sycophantic (ˌsɪkəˈfæntɪk



  1. using flattery to win favour from individuals wielding influence; toadyish; obsequious

Derived Forms

ˌsycoˈphantically  adverb


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= obsequious, grovelling, ingratiating, servile, crawling, flattering, cringing, fawning, slimy, slavish, unctuous, smarmy (British) (informal), toadying, parasitical, arse-licking (taboo) (slang), bootlicking (informal), timeserving

Example Sentences Including 'sycophantic'

Patients and young doctors sycophantic to avoid my sarcastic tongue.
Sara MacDonald SEA MUSIC (2003)
Coming from him this statement seemed considered and sincere rather than sycophantic.
Martin, Joy The Image of Laura
From some of the other groups was to be heard the sound of sycophantic laughter, or murmurs of enthusiastic assent.
Barnard, Robert Death in Purple Prose


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