8/14/11

Sycophant

Sycophant

Pronounced:
<sic-a-fant>

My use:
I never act like a sycophant.  I always tell the truth when I give a compliment.


Means:
A person who gives false compliments to in order to get something.  False flatterer.

Literary:
By Dreiser
He was not a sycophant in any sense of the word, but a shrewd, cold business man, far shrewder than his brother gave him credit for.


Memory trick:
syco . phant

syco (reminds of) = sicko or unhealthy
phant (reminds of) pant or heavy breathing
sicko pant


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