Sycophant

[ sik-uh-fuhnt, sik-uh-fant ]

Part of Speech

noun

Definition

a self-seeking, servile flatterer; fawning parasite

Origin + Etymology

Mid 16th Century; Greek

from French sycophante, or via Latin from Greek sukophantēs ‘informer’, from sukon ‘fig’ + phainein ‘to show’, perhaps with reference to making the insulting gesture of the ‘fig’ (sticking the thumb between two fingers) to informers

Synonyms

  • groupie
  • lackey
  • fawner
  • flatterer
  • parasite
  • puppet

Antonyms

  • unservile
  • sincere
  • unsubmissive

Example

Molly was such a sycophant, always trying to earn the favor of the teacher to secure the scholarship.

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