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Date: 1500-1600
Language: Latin
Origin: sycophanta 'someone who tells about the bad actions of another, flatterer', from Greek sykophantes, from sykon 'fig' + phainein 'to show'

sycophant

noun
     
syc‧o‧phant [countable]
formal someone who praises powerful people too much because they want to get something from them - used in order to show disapproval:
a dictator surrounded by sycophants

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