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  • adj. given to obsequious flattery.

from the GNU version of the Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • adj. Of or pertaining to a sycophant; characteristic of a sycophant; meanly or obsequiously flattering; courting favor by mean adulation; parasitic.

from The Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia

  • Of or pertaining to a sycophant; characteristic of a sycophant; obsequiously flattering; parasitic; courting favor by mean adulation.

from WordNet 3.0 Copyright 2006 by Princeton University. All rights reserved.

  • adj. attempting to win favor by flattery
  • adj. attempting to win favor from influential people by flattery


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  • Actually, the corporate media were sycophantic from the beginning, then, like now, stenographers to power, often irrelevant, mocking and diversionary with occasional luminous points of brilliance.

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  • Cambria’s publisher said today: This is the typical sort of impudent response from a breed of London-centric politicians who fall over themselves in sycophantic frenzy to kow-tow to the British establishment whenever and wherever possible.

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  • According to Dershowitz, Lifton and Siegman were "sycophantic" in their Warsaw meeting with Glemp, thereby giving the cardinal a reason not to apologize for controversial remarks made four months earlier.

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  • Not only has this kind of sycophantic praise become an Internet joke, embellishments made by television stations are even more jaw-dropping: Ma is frugal, squeaky clean, full of filial piety, sincere, loyal to his party and patriotic to his country, adept at negotiations, as charming as former US president John F. Kennedy, and radiates gentleness from his double-lidded eyes.

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  • To achieve this, the MPs must be liberated from their "sycophantic" responsibility to their political parties and "party bosses".

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  • Hope this explains it in a "sycophantic" but simple way.

    Archive 2005-11-01

  • It certainly didn't help that he confronted the tribe with their "sycophantic" behaviour, exposed their lies, and begged them to give him another chance.


  • Blair's reputation is destroyed, he will be remembered in history as some kind of sycophantic charlatan who used the military option first time every time.

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  • Now, it's possible that I live in some kind of sycophantic bubble where bad news never reaches me, in which case, I ask you to educate me.

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  • I am disinclined to credit the Shah brothers with hypnotic powers ” though anyone who listened, as I did, to the BBC radio program referred to by Doris Lessing might have been forgiven for suspecting something of the kind; I am still amused and amazed when I recall the sycophantic manner of Idries Shah's interlocutors.

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