sycophant

  

Definition

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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