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sycophantic

From Longman Dictionary of Contemporary Englishsycophanticsyc‧o‧phan‧tic /ˌsɪkəˈfæntɪk◂/ adjective formal  praising important or powerful people too much because you want to get something from them – used to show disapproval sycophantic journalists a sycophantic lettersycophancy /ˈsɪkəfənsi/ noun [uncountable]
Examples from the Corpus
sycophanticBut he is angriest at and reserves his strongest denunciation for the intelligentsia, whom he accuses of sycophantic devotion to Yeltsin.There was his clique of sycophantic friends, many of them middle-aged, who were too fawning and deferential.Tactics that shunted money into the hands of prime ministers or sycophantic merchants did not generally help the citizens of a nation.It has never been the intention of Guitarist to augment dealer ads with sycophantic reviews, either.The extremism of the antagonistic, Western, post-Stalinist critic is mirrored in the extremism of the sycophantic Stalinist party apparatchik.It's hard to envisage the usual knighthoods for sycophantic tabloid editors, several of whom pointed out his failings.You get very fed up with people being sycophantic, toadying to you, as a symptom of success.
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