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gnathonic (adj) – (Literary & Literary Critical Terms) Literary deceitfully flattering; sycophantic

Source : The Free Dictionary

Etymology : The English adjective gnathonic comes from Latin gnath?nicus, an adjective derivative of Gnath? (inflectional stem Gnath?n-), the name of a sycophant and parasite in Eunuchus, a comedy by the Latin playwright Terence (Publius Terentius Afer, c190?c159 b.c.). Terence also coined the derivative plural noun Gnath?nic? ?disciples of Gnatho? as a comic general term for sycophants and parasites. Gnathonic entered English in the 17th century.

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