Cringing and cowardly to the core by nature, Arthur Gride humbled himself in the dust before Ralph Nickleby, and, even when they had not this stake in common, would have licked his shoes and crawled upon the ground before him rather than venture to return him word for word, or retort upon him in any other spirit than one of the most slavish and abject sycophancy.
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He was a sycophant to Stalin.
When complimenting a trait in someone, share at least one concrete example so they know it is not the empty flattery of a sycophant.