Noun(1) a person who tries to please someone in order to gain a personal advantage
(1) Bell was also a sycophant , a Yes man, who could shift his political stance in a heartbeat, talk in circles and dodge any important decision making.(2) As time has passed, the meaning of ├ö├ç├┐faithful dog├ö├ç├û has changed entirely as when, nowadays, the term is used to describe someone who behaves like a sycophant toward some powerful politician.(3) If everybody spoke openly it would help break down the art world's habitual paranoia and sycophancy .(4) Sick of the sycophancy and self-absorption all around her, why she flings herself into an affair with a comedian, desperate for media attention, is never made clear.(5) Such an approach belongs to sycophants and losers.(6) I not only love movies, I'm also fascinated with the larger star-making machine that is Hollywood and the sycophantic press that supports it.(7) It's also sad that these returns are being so sycophantically praised because if you've listened to the records you'll know that despite all the fanfare, not one of them is quite as brilliant as we're being told they are.(8) Boards cease relating to customers and use ever more rigid methods to control operations down the line. They are shielded by sycophants and expend their energy on mergers and acquisitions.(9) And I suspect that it was this sense of mischief that kept her sane through all those lonely evenings passed at charitable fund-raising events being fawned over by sycophants .(10) Add to that a lifestyle that combines considerable wealth with plenty of free time at a young age, throw in a seemingly unlimited supply of sycophants and it should be no surprise to see the subject destroyed by his own success.(11) But even if his motives had been pure, he would never have been able to succeed without using his every base political skill, from the lies to the bullying to the sycophancy to the corruption.(12) History shows that many kings met their tragic ends because they did not pay heed to the advice of faithful courtiers, preferring the honeyed but false words of sycophants .(13) It is because elected political sycophants are bought and sold like saltfish that leaders in government and opposition alike ride roughshod over the people's wishes.(14) I suppose there was the inevitable, uncharitable flicker of hostility towards a woman who could, in this day and age, devote herself with such sycophantic subservience to men.(15) An assortment of hatchet men, opportunists and sycophants gained access to the levers of power.(16) Only the most sycophantic of the sycophants would even begin to make such a comparison. [In the past] there was at least a real enemy, there were real things to be done.
1. yes-man ::
3. brown-noser ::
4. toady ::
5. lickspittle ::
7. flunky ::
8. lackey ::
9. spaniel ::
10. doormat ::
11. stooge ::
13. suck ::
14. suck-up ::
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