sy·​co·​phan·​tic | \ ˌsi-kə-ˈfan-tik How to pronounce sycophantic (audio) also ˌsī- \

Definition of sycophantic

: of, relating to, or characteristic of a sycophant : fawning, obsequious sycophantic compliments

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Other Words from sycophantic

sycophantically \ ˌsi-​kə-​ˈfan-​ti-​k(ə-​)lē How to pronounce sycophantic (audio) also  ˌsī-​ \ adverb

Examples of sycophantic in a Sentence

Recent Examples on the Web But this is no sycophantic story of Silicon Valley and its ideals — Wiener fillets the industry (and the men who run it) in this tell-all about her desultory stint in customer service at a Big Data company. Seija Rankin,, "The most millennial books of 2020," 15 Dec. 2020 Something is definitely amiss in our system, namely a president who makes whine from sour grapes — and the army of sycophantic panderers who enable him. Gilbert Garcia,, "Garcia: Paxton makes a fool of himself with lawsuit," 11 Dec. 2020 Fincher’s twisted, sycophantic, careerist logic explains this film’s political confusion, annoyingly in sync with today’s political chaos. Armond White, National Review, "The Facile Fascism of David Fincher," 11 Dec. 2020 It’s a Devil Wears Prada reunion for Hathway and Stanley Tucci, who plays the hotel’s sycophantic manager Mr. Stringer. Anne Cohen,, "Make Way For Anne Hathaway, Grand High Witch Of Camp," 22 Oct. 2020 Former intelligence leaders say that Trump has a knack for creating sycophantic followers—a skill shared among strong authoritarian leaders throughout the world. Peter Stone, The New Republic, "The Real Deep State Is Trump," 2 Oct. 2020 Whether its trusted advisers or the sycophantic hosts of prime-time Fox News shows, someone has to tone Trump down. Bill Goodykoontz, The Arizona Republic, "These 5 things must change before the second presidential debate between Trump and Biden," 1 Oct. 2020 Woods didn't make the cut Friday, either, which was surprising only to his most sycophantic fans. Tim Dahlberg, Star Tribune, "Column: Another major mishap by Tiger Woods at US Open," 18 Sep. 2020 The president is by turns needy, wheedling, and sycophantic. Kevin D. Williamson, National Review, "To Out-Nixon Nixon," 10 Sep. 2020

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First Known Use of sycophantic

1676, in the meaning defined above

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“Sycophantic.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 22 Jan. 2021.

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