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sycophancy

[sik-uh-fuh n-see, -fan-, sahy-kuh-] /ˈsɪk ə fən si, -ˌfæn-, ˈsaɪ kə-/
noun
1.
self-seeking or servile flattery.
2.
the character or conduct of a sycophant.
Origin
1615-1625
1615-25; < Latin sȳcophantia trickery < Greek sȳkophantía dishonest prosecution, equivalent to sȳkophant- (see sycophant) + -ia -y3; see -cy
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Examples from the web for sycophancy
  • Being someone's fan or follower or whatnot advertises one's allegiances and can be used as a visible form of sycophancy.
  • Years of sycophancy and political theorising had convinced incoming presidents that they wielded near-total authority.
  • Most guests were treated with respect bordering on sycophancy.
  • Their legacy of the sycophancy-nepotism nexus is infamous.
  • The problem with sycophancy isn't so much that it's offensive to watch, but that it's a lousy business strategy.
Word Origin and History for sycophancy
n.

1620s, from Latin sycophantia, from Greek sykophantia, from sykophantes (see sycophant).

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