sy·​co·​phan·​tic ˌsi-kə-ˈfan-tik How to pronounce sycophantic (audio)
 also  ˌsī-
: of, relating to, or characteristic of a sycophant : fawning, obsequious
sycophantic compliments
sycophantically adverb

Example Sentences

Recent Examples on the Web There’s a ton of confusion; lots of firings; people shredding documents; outlandish, impossible-to-execute ideas being floated; sycophantic advisers; nervous employees trying to appease a mercurial man; and tweets—so many tweets. Charlie Warzel, The Atlantic, 8 Nov. 2022 The quintet’s long popularity with audiences, its immediate praise from the Stalinist machine (and withering assessment by Prokofiev) have painted this piece as an example of sycophantic aesthetic propaganda. Lukas Schulze, San Diego Union-Tribune, 10 Oct. 2022 On the other side of the exchanges, Musk’s friends came across in some cases as sycophantic, careless or both. Jaimie Dingstaff Writer, Los Angeles Times, 4 Oct. 2022 Musk had once been eager to see the inner workings and dark secrets of Twitter revealed in this process, but instead had his conversations about the platform with his ultra-wealthy, sycophantic peers aired out for all to read. Miles Klee, Rolling Stone, 4 Oct. 2022 Not surprisingly, Tiger was given the benefit of the doubt from an entirely sympathetic and mostly sycophantic golf press corps. Christine Brennan, USA TODAY, 3 Sep. 2022 Fox's coverage of the FBI's search and seizure of documents at Trump's Mar-a-Lago resort has been downright sycophantic. Oliver Darcy, CNN, 9 Aug. 2022 The ever-incompetent Deep (Chace Crawford) taking over as head of crime analytics is what happens when an unqualified dictator installs sycophantic puppets in key positions around him. Alex Raiman,, 17 June 2022 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 See More

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Word History

First Known Use

1676, in the meaning defined above

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The first known use of sycophantic was in 1676

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“Sycophantic.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 29 Nov. 2022.

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