Definitionsgraded adjective & adjective
If you describe someone as sycophantic, you disapprove of them because they flatter people who are more important and powerful than they are in order to gain an advantage for themselves. [disapproval] ⇒ ...his clique of sycophantic friends. ⇒ We heard the sound of sycophantic laughter.
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