συκοφάντης

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Ancient Greek[edit]

Etymology[edit]

σῦκον (sûkon, fig) +‎ φαίνω (phaínō, show) +‎ -της (-tēs, masculine agent-noun suffix).

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σῡκοφᾰ́ντης (sūkophántēsm (genitive σῡκοφᾰ́ντου); first declension (Attic, Koine)

  1. informant, denouncer (in court)
  2. professional swindler

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Greek[edit]

Etymology[edit]

From the Ancient Greek συκοφάντης (sukophántēs, informant). But how a φάντης (who shows) σῦκα (sûka, figs) came to mean "informant", is debated.

Pronunciation[edit]

  • IPA(key): /si.koˈfan.dis/
  • Hyphenation: συ‧κο‧φά‧ντης

Noun[edit]

συκοφάντης (sykofántism (feminine συκοφάντισσα or συκοφάντρια)

  1. calumniator

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