Sycophant
[ sik-uh-fuhnt, sik-uh-fant ]
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Part of Speech noun
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
Definition
a self-seeking, servile flatterer; fawning parasite
Example
Molly was such a sycophant, always trying to earn the favor of the teacher to secure the scholarship.
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