One of the mysteries of the English language finally explained.
Behaving or done in an obsequious way in order to gain advantage.‘a sycophantic interview’
obsequious, servile, subservient, deferential, grovelling, toadying, fawning, flattering, ingratiating, cringing, unctuous, oily, slimy, creeping, crawling, truckling, slavish, bowing and scraping, uriah heepish, gushingView synonyms
- ‘I suppose there was the inevitable, uncharitable flicker of hostility towards a woman who could, in this day and age, devote herself with such sycophantic subservience to men.’
- ‘I not only love movies, I'm also fascinated with the larger star-making machine that is Hollywood and the sycophantic press that supports it.’
- ‘I guess some people thought I was a creep, offering sycophantic praise of someone who happens to be my boss.’
- ‘He did his best to show enthusiasm for my sycophantic drivel.’
- ‘A sycophantic business press worshipped at their shrine.’
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