Definitions

from The Century Dictionary.

  • Flattering: parasitical.

from the GNU version of the Collaborative International Dictionary of English.

  • adjective obsolete Flattering; deceitful.

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  • adjective obsolete flattering; deceitful

Etymologies

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Latin Gnatho, name of a parasite in the Eunuchus of Terence, Ancient Greek; hence, a parasite in general.

Examples

  • It looks, in fact, as though I was wrong--at least in the short term--about the "gnathonic media."

    Sycophancy

  • The anvil chorus of the gnathonic media and their coprophagic gossip columnists soi-disant "journalists" whose conservative exudates have imbrued the age with their mephitic poison, one that might yet prove fatal to us all—may just this once be muted, there being little further to be gained from their unguinous ministrations.

    Black day in July

  • The anvil chorus of the gnathonic media and their coprophagic gossip columnists soi-disant "journalists" whose conservative exudates have imbrued the age with their mephitic poison, one that might yet prove fatal to us all—may just this once be muted, there being little further to be gained from their unguinous ministrations.

    Archive 2007-07-01

  • It looks, in fact, as though I was wrong--at least in the short term--about the "gnathonic media."

    Archive 2007-07-01

  • "That Jack's is somewhat of a gnathonic and parasitic soul, or stomach, all Bideford apple-women know; but I suspect more than Deus Venter has brought him hither."

    Westward Ho!, or, the voyages and adventures of Sir Amyas Leigh, Knight, of Burrough, in the county of Devon, in the reign of her most glorious majesty Queen Elizabeth

  • Jack’s is somewhat of a gnathonic and parasitic soul, or stomach, all Bideford apple-women know; but I suspect more than

    Westward Ho!

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