Someone who tries to get what they want, or earn someone's respect, by using flattery on those people who would be able to influence their goals. The term sycophant has a negative connotation, because the person does not attempt to achieve their goals through hard work or sincerity.

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  • The sycophant paid his manager compliment after compliment, hoping to gain access to an elite social society inner circle to which he wished to belong.

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  • The ego of the modern male has become so inflated that they have lost the ability to determine who is, or is not, a sycophant.

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  • Joe is such a sycophant with all his flattery while the boss is around and all his sitting around and doing nothing the rest of the time.

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