Definitions

from The Century Dictionary.

  • noun The character or conduct of a flunky or snob; servility; toadyism.

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  • noun The quality or characteristics of a flunky; readiness to cringe to those who are superior in wealth or position; toadyism.

Etymologies

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flunky +‎ -ism

Examples

  • Joining the chorus against "flunkyism," the Washington Post denounced tipping as "one of the most insidious and one of the most malignant evils" of modern life.

    The Point of Tipping

  • Joining the chorus against "flunkyism," the Washington Post denounced tipping as "one of the most insidious and one of the most malignant evils" of modern life.

    The Point of Tipping

  • In “The Itching Palm,” a 1916 manifesto against the practice, William Rufus Scott said that tipping is a form of “flunkyism” defined as “a willingness to be servile for a consideration.”

    The Racial Tipping Point - Freakonomics Blog - NYTimes.com

  • In “The Itching Palm,” a 1916 manifesto against the practice, William Rufus Scott said that tipping is a form of “flunkyism” defined as “a willingness to be servile for a consideration.”

    The Racial Tipping Point - Freakonomics Blog - NYTimes.com

  • Derek Draper has a ignoble pedigree of flunkyism and fellow travelling.

    Mrs. Draper Serves a Mugging For Breakfast

  • Derek Draper has a ignoble pedigree of flunkyism and fellow travelling.

    Archive 2007-07-08

  • He is so as a disciple of Carlyle, as a prosperous Englishman, not destitute of flunkyism, and also as a man whose very best power is that of passionately admiring individual greatness.

    The Atlantic Monthly, Volume 14, No. 82, August, 1864

  • It is the most delicious bit of ridiculous flunkyism that has appeared yet — always excepting the great success in that line.

    My day : reminiscences of a long life,

  • One of the professed objects of the Brook Farm association was, to escape from the evils of the great world, -- from the trickery of trade, the pedantry of colleges, the flunkyism of office, and the arrogant pretensions of wealth.

    The Life and Genius of Nathaniel Hawthorne

  • a fund of purblind obduracy, of opaque _flunkyism_ grown truculent and transcendent; what an eye for the phylacteries, and want of eye for the eternal noblenesses; sordid loyalty to the prosperous Semblances, and high-treason against the Supreme Fact, such a vote betokens in these natures?

    Latter-Day Pamphlets

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