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

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 The President of the United States (played by Meryl Streep) and her sycophantic son and Chief of Staff, Jason (played by Jonah Hill) are more interested in being re-elected. Sheena Scott, Forbes, 26 Dec. 2021 There’s a sycophantic assistant who’s a mincing cliché, and the white owner of a Japanese restaurant who speaks in broken English. New York Times, 25 Nov. 2021 On the track, a singer whom most believe to be the musician Cleo Sol croons about being trapped in a violent but sycophantic love affair. Will Dukes, Rolling Stone, 9 Oct. 2021 Still, Kendall has succeeded in putting his father in real jeopardy, scrambling for advice from his remaining children and sycophantic confidants on flights and tarmacs all over the Balkans. Scott Tobias, Vulture, 17 Oct. 2021 Bee has done numerous sycophantic interviews with prominent Democrats, however, such as former President Barack Obama, then-Sen. Fox News, 11 Oct. 2021 That was Donald Trump’s assessment of the effort to recall Democratic California Governor Gavin Newsom, during an appearance on the dutifully sycophantic network Newsmax. Alex Shephard, The New Republic, 9 Sep. 2021 The last of these — all drawn from the four episodes of the series that have aired — is a plotline featuring Max, Thomas Doherty’s slick, sycophantic 17-year-old, who sets his sights on classics teacher Rafa Caparros (Jason Gotay). Los Angeles Times, 29 July 2021 This confusion is especially tricky because much of the Times’s seemingly sycophantic coverage around the biography was really about Roth, not Bailey. Jo Livingstone, The New Republic, 23 Apr. 2021 See More

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First Known Use of sycophantic

1676, in the meaning defined above

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“Sycophantic.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 19 May. 2022.

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