syc·o·phant [sik-uh-fuhnt, -fant, sahy-kuh-]
1. a self-seeking, servile flatterer; fawning parasite.
OTHER WORDS FROM SYCOPHANT
syc·o·phan·tic, syc·o·phan·ti·cal, syc·o·phant·ish, adjective
syc·o·phan·ti·cal·ly, syc·o·phant·ish·ly, adverb
WORDS RELATED TO SYCOPHANT
groupie, lackey, adulator, politician, puppet, minion, slave, parasite, fan, flatterer, flunky, hanger-on, doormat, backscratcher, bootlicker, groveler, handshaker
SEE SYNONYMS FOR sycophant ON THESAURUS.COM
toady, yes man, flunky, fawner, flatterer.
Origin: 1530–40; < Latin sy¯cophanta < Greek sy¯kophántes informer, equivalent to syko ( n ) fig + phan- (stem of phaínein to show) + -tes agentive suffix
EXAMPLES FROM THE WEB FOR SYCOPHANT
However reactionary a sycophant to rich people and slasher of programs for others he might be, he is the governor.
CONSERVATIVES AND ROCK AND ROLL|MICHAEL TOMASKY|JUNE 22, 2012|DAILY BEAST
How can he be honoured when he is a sycophant ducking to the giddy opinion of a reckless public?
THE WORLD'S GREATEST BOOKS -- VOL XX -- MISCELLANEOUS LITERATURE AND INDEX|VARIOUS
And I would rather a thousand times be a free soul in jail than a sycophant or coward on the streets.
THE DEBS DECISION|SCOTT NEARING
The sycophant and the self-seeker bow before quite other idols than of old.
HISTORICAL AND POLITICAL ESSAYS|WILLIAM EDWARD HARTPOLE LECKY
Like the sycophant hound and the imploring retriever, they seem to lose all sense of self-respect.
LANDSEER|ESTELLE M. HURLL
The incense the sycophant world burned before him became a stench in his nostrils.
OUT OF THE ASHES|ETHEL WATTS MUMFORD