sycophancy

noun sy·co·phan·cy \ ˈsi-kə-fən(t)-sē also ˈsī- & -ˌfan(t)- \
|Updated on: 9 Jun 2018

Definition of sycophancy

: obsequious flattery; also : the character or behavior of a sycophant

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Origin and Etymology of sycophancy

sycophan(t) + -cy, after Latin sȳcophantia, borrowed from Greek sȳkophantía, from sȳkophántēs + -ia 1-ia


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