Definition of sycophancy in US English:



  • Obsequious behavior toward someone important in order to gain advantage.

    ‘your fawning sycophancy is nauseating’
    ‘he discouraged sycophancy toward royalty’
    • ‘If your boss is an egomaniac, sycophancy always pays dividends.’
    • ‘Through relentless flattery and sycophancy, he amassed a circle of influential friends and a considerable fortune.’
    • ‘He behaved towards us with a ridiculous degree of sycophancy.’
    • ‘Sycophancy in the Congress has been at its height.’
    • ‘He was shameless in his sycophancy and usually unaware of the embarrassment caused by his actions.’