sycophantic sycophantic  /ˌsɪ kə ˈfæn tɪk/

Definition(s):

  1. (adj) attempting to win favor from influential people by flattery
  2. (adj) attempting to win favor by flattery

Usage(s):

  1. But I have gotten more business by being direct and honest than I ever got being obsequious and sycophantic.
  2. But I have gotten more business by being direct and honest than I ever got being obsequious and sycophantic.

News

  • 'This Is the End': Sly Critique of Fame or Inside Joke?

    In Seth Rogen and Evan Goldberg's directorial debut, "This Is the End," the apocalypse descends on the Hollywood Hills, picking off celebrities and nobodies alike from a party at James Franco's geometric mansion. Among those left alive are Rogen, sycophantic sweetie Jonah Hill, art-collecting Franco, Craig Robinson (whose t-shirt blares the imperative: TAKE YO PANTIES OFF), horny Danny McBride ...
    on June 11, 2013     Source: indieWIRE

Quotes

  1. "I would like to have been a student here - it looks like a really nice campus," he said. "I am not being sycophantic, but the University of Leicester has a very good reputation. I am deeply honoured to have been offered an honorary doctor of...
    on Jun 30, 2010 By: Terry Wogan Source: The Press Association

  2. Delivering this year's Nelson Mandela Lecture on Tuesday, Tutu said, among other things: "We should not too quickly want to pull rank and to demand an uncritical, sycophantic, obsequious conformity. We need to find ways in which we engage the hoi...
    on Nov 26, 2004 By: Desmond Tutu Source: SABC News

  3. "I didn't want to raise my kids in this weird, sycophantic society," said Wright, who has two kids with estranged husband Sean Penn.
    on Nov 5, 2009 By: Robin Wright Penn Source: Dose.ca

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