The seemingly harmless public official was clearly a self-serving sycophant who flattered superiors to obtain favors. This lying sycophant or puppet spoke empty praises to anyone who would hear him for the purpose of making those people think well of him so he, in turn, could gain power. This sycophant used such an excessive array of false compliments that he at long last wormed his way into a leadership position.
Quiz: What is a sycophant?
- One who works his or her way up to a position of power.
- One who falsely praises those in authority to get something he wants.
- One who is good at telling others what they want to hear.