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Today's word is:

sycophant

|ˈsikəfənt; -ˌfant|

noun

  • A person who acts obsequiously toward someone in order to gain advantage; a servile flatterer.

ORIGIN: mid 16th cent. (denoting an informer): from French sycophante, or via Latin from Greek sukophantēs 'informer,' from sukon 'fig' + phainein 'to show' ; the association with informing against the illegal exportation of figs from ancient Athens (recorded by Plutarch) is not substantiated.