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By Paul Oyler / August 29, 2008 /

“sy·co·phant” Pronunciation: -fent also -fant Function: noun Etymology: Latin sycophanta slanderer, swindler, from Greek sykophantes slanderer, from sykon fig + phainein to show — more at fancy Date: 1575 Definition: a servile self-seeking flatterer Synonyms: see “parasite” Used in a sentence: Olbermann and Matthews, who proved themselves sycophants during the entire Democratic National Convention, wouldn’t…

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