Sycophant

Definition of Sycophant

Syc´o`phant
n.1.An informer; a talebearer.
2.A base parasite; a mean or servile flatterer; especially, a flatterer of princes and great men.
A sycophant will everything admire:
Each verse, each sentence, sets his soul on fire.
- Dryden.
v. t.1.To inform against; hence, to calumniate.
Sycophanting and misnaming the work of his adversary.
- Milton.
2.To play the sycophant toward; to flatter obsequiously.
v. i.1.To play the sycophant.

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