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"A director must be a policeman, a midwife, a psychoanalyst, a sycophant and a bastard." (Billy Wilder).

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One who uses compliments to gain self-serving favor or advantage from another
One who seeks to gain through the powerful and influential
a servile flatterer, especially of those in authority or influence
{v} to flatter
{n} a flatterer, a parasite
To play the sycophant toward; to flatter obsequiously
a person who tries to please someone in order to gain a personal advantage
An informer; a talebearer
To inform against; hence, to calumniate
To play the sycophant
A base parasite; a mean or servile flatterer; especially, a flatterer of princes and great men
{i} one who attempts to gain favor by flattering others
disapproval A sycophant is a person who behaves in a sycophantic way. a dictator surrounded by sycophants, frightened to tell him what he may not like. someone who praises powerful people too much because they want to get something from them - used in order to show disapproval (sycophanta , from sykophantes, from sykon + phainein )
A sycophant
a sycophant
Someone who is acting like a sycophant
obsequiously, fawningly, flatteringly, while groveling to obtain favor
plural of sycophant





    [ -f&nt also -"fant ] (noun.) 1575. First attested in 1537. From Latin sȳcophanta (“informer, trickster”) from Ancient Greek συκοφάντης (sukophantēs), itself from σῦκον (sukon, “fig”) + φαίνω (phainō, “I show, demonstrate”). The gesture of "showing the fig" was a vulgar one, which was made by sticking the thumb between two fingers, a display which vaguely resembles a fig, which is itself symbolic of a (sykon 'vagina' also meant vulva). The story behind this etymology is that politicians in ancient Greece steered clear of displaying that vulgar gesture, but urged their followers sub rosa to taunt their opponents by using it.