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Sycophant

Sycophant (a self-serving flatterer; yes-man) is considered to be an advanced word, according to the Kaplan GRE Exam Vocabulary in a Box, which includes 500 college- and graduate-level words that frequently appear on the Graduate Record Exam.

Definition of the noun sycophant

What does sycophant mean as a name of something?

noun - plural: sycophants

  1. a person who tries to please someone in order to gain a personal advantage

Alternative definition of the noun sycophant

noun

  1. One who uses compliments to gain self-serving favor or advantage from another.
  2. One who seeks to gain through the powerful and influential.

Definition of the noun sycophant for high school students

    one who flatters for self-gain
    • example: Some see the people in the cabinet as the president's closest advisors, but others see them as sycophants.

The noun sycophant is considered to be a word that all college-aspiring students should know and understand, so it frequently appears on the SAT, ACT and other college admissions tests.

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Miscellanea

  1. Sycophant: The word sycophant has its origin in the legal system of Classical Athens. Having no police force and only a limited number of officially appointed public prosecutors, most legal cases of the time were brought by private litigants. By the fifth century BC, however, this practice had given rise to abuse by litigants who brought unjustified prosecutions. Such a litigant was called a “sycophant.” The word retains the meaning of "an informer" in Modern Greek and French; but in modern English, the meaning of the word has shifted to that of an "insincere flatterer.
  2. Sycophant a.k.a. Sycophancy is flattery that is very obedient, or an indication of deference to another, to an excessive or servile degree. A user of sycophancy, is referred to as a sycophant.

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Google previewThe Knickerbocker; Or, New-York Monthly Magazine (1851)

A sycophant is a parasite, and a parasite is one who courts the tables of the rich, and earns a welcome by flattery. It is not the mere act of prostration or outward humility which is sufficient to make up the character. The meaning of the word ...

Google previewThe Knickerbocker (1851)

Or, New-York Monthly Magazine by Charles Fenno Hoffman, Lewis Gaylord Clark, John Holmes Agnew, Kinahan Cornwallis, Timothy Flint

A sycophant is a parasite, and a parasite is one who courts the tables of the rich, and earns a welcome by flattery. It is not the mere act of prostration or outward humility which is sufficient to make up the character. The meaning of the word ...

Google previewNew Websterian 1912 Dictionary (1912)

Based Upon the Unabridged Dictionary of Noah Webster : with a Reference Library and Treasury of Facts by Noah Webster, Harry Thurston Peck

a sycophant , toadflsh (tod'fish), n. a fish with a large head and wide mouth, of the ...

Google previewThe Imperial Dictionary of the English Language (1883)

by John Ogilvie

See SYCOPHANT.] The character or characteristic of a sycophant ...

Google previewEncyclopaedia Perthensis, Or, Universal Dictionary of the Arts, Sciences, Literature, Etc. : Intended to Supersede the Use of Other Books of Reference (1816)

SYCOPHANT. n. 4. [rusaray1's sycophanfa, Lat.) A talebearer: a rakebate, a malicious to.

Google previewUniversal Dictionary of the English Language (1900)

A New and Original Work Presenting for Convenient Reference the Orthography, Pronuciation, Meaning, Use, Origin and Development of Every Word in the English Language... by Charles Morris

sycophanta = an informer, a tale-bearer, a sycophant, from Gr. avmdaévr-qr ( mkophantls) = a fig-shower, or an informer about ilge, hence a common int'nmier, s slanderer, a false adviser. The history of the word is lost, but the etym. seems ...

Google previewA Political Dictionary (1795)

by Charles Pigott

a sycophant. - .

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Quotes about Sycophant

I may not be able to say all I think; but I am not going to say anything that I do not think. I would rather a thousand times be a free soul in jail than to be a sycophant and coward in the streets. (Eugene V. Debs)
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Scrabble value of S1Y4C3O1P3H4A1N1T1

The value of this 9-letter word is 19 points. It is included in the first and second editions of the Official Scrabble Players Dictionary.

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