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Meaning of SYCOPHANT

Pronunciation:  'sikufunt

WordNet Dictionary
[n]  a person who tries to please someone in order to gain a personal advantage

SYCOPHANT is a 9 letter word that starts with S.


 Synonyms: crawler, lackey, toady
 See Also: adulator, apple polisher, ass-kisser, bootlicker, fawner, flatterer, goody-goody, groveler, groveller, truckler



Webster's 1913 Dictionary
  1. \Syc"o*phant\, n. [L. sycophanta a slanderer,
    deceiver, parasite, Gr. ? a false accuser, false adviser,
    literally, a fig shower; ? a fig + ? to show: cf. F.
    sycophante. The reason for the name is not certainly known.
    See {Phenomenon}.]
    1. An informer; a talebearer. [Obs.] ``Accusing sycophants,
       of all men, did best sort to his nature.'' --Sir P.
    2. A base parasite; a mean or servile flatterer; especially,
       a flatterer of princes and great men.
             A sycophant will everything admire: Each verse, each
             sentence, sets his soul on fire.      --Dryden.
  2. \Syc"o*phant\, v. t. [CF. L. sycophantari to deceive,
    to trick, Gr. ?.]
    1. To inform against; hence, to calumniate. [Obs.]
             Sycophanting and misnaming the work of his
             adversary.                            --Milton.
    2. To play the sycophant toward; to flatter obsequiously.
  3. \Syc"o*phant\, v. i.
    To play the sycophant.