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.
Alternative phrases are often used such as:
- ^ Italian culture 15, American Association of University Professors of Italian, 1997, p. 80
- ^ Alphons Silbermann, translator Ladislaus Loeb (2000), Grovelling and other vices: the sociology of sycophancy, Continuum International Publishing Group, ISBN 978-0-485-11544-4
- The dictionary definition of sycophancy at Wiktionary