Sycophancy is flattery that is very obedient, or an indication of deference to another, to an excessive or servile degree. A user of sycophancy is referred to as a sycophant or, more commonly, a "yes-man".
Alternative phrases are often used such as:
- Clark, L. P. (1934). "A Psychological Study of Sycophancy". Psychoanalytic Review. 21: 15–39.
- Lofberg, John Oscar (2008) . Sycophancy in Athens (Reprint ed.). Whitefish: Kessinger. ISBN 1-4304-9346-1.
- Sussman, Lyle (1980). "Sex and sycophancy: Communication strategies for ascendance in same-sex and mixed-sex superior-subordinate dyads". Sex Roles. 6 (1): 113–127. doi:10.1007/bf00288366.
- The dictionary definition of sycophancy at Wiktionary
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