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sycophantic (ˌsɪkəˈfæntɪk Pronunciation for sycophantic



  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, toadying, parasitical, arse-licking, bootlicking, timeserving

Example Sentences Including 'sycophantic'

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
He was a member of that sycophantic circle that would say to Diana all the things she wanted to hear," Wharfe said.
canada.com (2004)
He was right to ask how Tutu could call ANC members kow-towing, unquestioning and sycophantic followers if he is not an ANC member.
SA Star (2004)
Or perhaps his party workers in true sycophantic style wished to please him.
India Today (1998)
Patients and young doctors sycophantic to avoid my sarcastic tongue.
Sara MacDonald SEA MUSIC (2003)
The Falange was now in the hands of the most sycophantic elements concerned primordially with their own elevation within the regime.
Preston, Paul Franco
The e-mail did not criticise Miss Bond despite some criticism within the BBC that she can appear sycophantic.
Times, Sunday Times (2002)


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