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See definition of kowtowing on Dictionary.com
  • as infawning
  • as inobsequious
  • as inindulgence

synonyms for kowtowing

  • flattering
  • bootlicking
  • bowing
  • cowering
  • crawling
  • cringing
  • humble
  • ingratiating
  • prostrate
  • scraping
  • sniveling
  • abject
  • adulatory
  • brown-nosing
  • compliant
  • mealy-mouthed
  • obsequious
  • parasitic
  • servile
  • slavish
  • spineless
  • submissive
  • subservient
  • sycophant
  • sycophantic
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antonyms for kowtowing

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  • aloof
  • cool
  • disinterested
  • proud
  • unfriendly
  • disapproval
  • disfavor
  • disregard
  • dissatisfaction
  • frustration
  • intolerance
  • need
  • want
  • abstention
  • care
  • moderation
  • temperance
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How to use kowtowing in a sentence

And all the young professors kowtowing, and the nice undergraduates to dance with—and what a wonderful place to live!
KILDARES OF STORMELEANOR MERCEIN KELLY
It was a relief to get back into action, even if it meant putting up with the kowtowing I always got.
THE MAN WHO PLAYED TO LOSELAURENCE MARK JANIFER
Kowtowing to them Portuguese because a few folks that's sorry for them have made them presents.
THE BEST SHORT STORIES OF 1919VARIOUS
I won't have you fighting with buyers, taking their insults, kowtowing to them, salving them.
ROAST BEEF, MEDIUMEDNA FERBER
The boatman shook with fear, and, kowtowing before Ping Wang, groaned aloud.
CHATTERBOX, 1905.VARIOUS
He was a fat, cruel-looking man, and took no notice whatever of the kowtowing of the people.
CHATTERBOX, 1905.VARIOUS
He sought an intimacy with the benefic Jupiter, and found it—perhaps by a secret kowtowing to Sagittarius.
THE PROPHET OF BERKELEY SQUAREROBERT HICHENS
Forward, the coolies were already burning joss-sticks on the fo'castle head, kowtowing their foreheads to the deck.
MORAN OF THE LADY LETTYFRANK NORRIS
Of course, we knew that this was an especial favor, and thanked her by kowtowing before we commenced to eat.
TWO YEARS IN THE FORBIDDEN CITYTHE PRINCESS DER LING
This kowtowing, or bowing our heads to the ground, was very tiring at first and made us dizzy, until we got used to it.
TWO YEARS IN THE FORBIDDEN CITYTHE PRINCESS DER LING
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WORDS RELATED TO KOWTOWING

  • abject
  • adulatory
  • bootlicking
  • bowing
  • brown-nosing
  • compliant
  • cowering
  • crawling
  • cringing
  • flattering
  • humble
  • ingratiating
  • kowtowing
  • mealy-mouthed
  • obsequious
  • parasitic
  • prostrate
  • scraping
  • servile
  • slavish
  • sniveling
  • spineless
  • submissive
  • subservient
  • sycophant
  • sycophantic
Roget's 21st Century Thesaurus, Third Edition Copyright © 2013 by the Philip Lief Group.