It is quite true that we did not present ourselves humbly, like your flatterers and parasites, but holding up our heads as befits independent men.
He appears to have been one of those Russian parasites who lead an idle existence abroad, spending the summer at some spa, and the winter in Paris, to the greater profit of the organizers of public balls.
After all, the idea was quite logical; a parasite and landowner naturally supposed that intelligence was a marketable commodity like everything else, and that in Switzerland especially it could be bought for money.
There are no more uses of "parasitic" in the book.
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She picked up a parasitic infection while in Africa.