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parasitic


She picked up a parasitic infection while in Africa.
  of a species that lives on (or in) another species and eats from it without providing return benefit

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a person who lives off others’ efforts without providing return benefit to them
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parasites parasite parasitic parasitically
Strongly Associated with:   symbiotic, mutualistic
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  • She picked up a parasitic infection while in Africa.
  • parasitic vines that strangle the trees
  • a wealthy class parasitic upon the labor of the masses
  • Him that they call the parasite.
    Ben Jonson  --  Volpone

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  • Moving every day also keeps the cows healthier, because they can get away from their droppings, which can contain unhealthy parasites.
    Michael Pollan  --  The Omnivore’s Dilemma
  • I am tired of being a parasite.
    Stephenie Meyer  --  The Host
  • I hate the way it gloms on to me like some kind of parasite.
    Sabaa Tahir  --  An Ember in the Ashes
  • Park could tell her that he had lice and leprosy and parasitic worms living in his mouth, and she would still put on fresh ChapStick.
    Rainbow Rowell  --  Eleanor & Park
  • Like a parasite’s, the system’s life depends on the continuation of mine.
    Rick Yancey  --  The Infinite Sea
  • A quack doctor pitched patent medicines from the back of a wagon: "A rare cordial to fortify the innards against infective parasites, unwholesome damps, and malignant effluvia!"
    Ransom Riggs  --  Hollow City

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  • With this in mind, I began making collections of the parasites found in wolf-killed caribou.
    Farley Mowat  --  Never Cry Wolf
  • They are parasites and scavengers, eaters of carrion.
    Neil Gaiman  --  The Graveyard Book
  • "Poodles," he said, "are parasites."
    Katherine Applegate  --  The One and Only Ivan
  • Then she says, "You brung the parasite into this house."
    Christina Baker Kline  --  Orphan Train
  • They were parasites to be crushed.
    Joshua Davis  --  Spare Parts
  • Immediately after this announcement, national magazines came out with stories about intestinal parasites and hunger in Beaufort County.
    Pat Conroy  --  The Water is Wide
  • And we had considered them parasites and half dangerous, serving some hidden cause of the President’s, people we had to be careful with.
    V.S. Naipaul  --  A Bend in the River
  • "Parasite of the tent caterpillar," he says, depositing the slide with reverence on a clean piece of paper at my table.
    Margaret Atwood  --  Cat’s Eye
  • He is a parasite in motive and makes parasites of those he serves.
    Ayn Rand  --  The Fountainhead
  • They’re interdimensional parasites.
    Cassandra Clare  --  City of Bones
  • Wherever the trains stopped, the migrants went, gaunt and dirty, plagued by parasites they had picked up along the way, to front doors to beg.
    Sonia Nazario  --  Enrique’s Journey
  • The vibrant, generous body that he had trained with such vigilance had shrunken until only the bones remained, draped in yellow skin, crawling with parasites.
    Laura Hillenbrand  --  Unbroken
  • I personally set myself apart from the war on blood parasites.
    Barbara Kingsolver  --  The Poisonwood Bible
  • You see, cuckoos are parasites.
    Cassandra Clare  --  City of Ashes
  • Years of withdrawal were brushed aside and left behind, as hanging ropes of parasitic moss.
    Maya Angelou  --  I Know Why the Caged Bird Sings
  • X-ray, Microscopic, immunological RTX for viral, parasitic, bacterial disease.
    Michael Crichton  --  Jurassic Park
  • And this is not all; for the servants and panders of the parasites are also parasites, the milliners and the jewelers and the lackeys have also to be supported by the useful members of the community.
    Upton Sinclair  --  The Jungle
  • I wasn’t concerned with the parasites of office and laboratory.
    Ayn Rand  --  Atlas Shrugged
  • Meanwhile, the connection between them grows ever stronger, a parasitic growth.
    J.K. Rowling  --  Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows
  • In short, Disdaining tendrils of the parasite, To be content, if neither oak nor elm— Not to mount high, perchance, but mount alone!
    Edmond Rostand  --  Cyrano de Bergerac
  • "So are you all just going to hang out with the parasites for the rest of your lives?" he demanded.
    Stephenie Meyer  --  Breaking Dawn
  • No hand had checked their progress, and they had gone native now, rearing to monster height without a bloom, black and ugly as the nameless parasites that grew beside them.
    Daphne du Maurier  --  Rebecca
  • He had "recipes" for exterminating from a field, blight, tares, foxtail, and all parasitic growths which destroy the wheat.
    Victor Hugo  --  Les Miserables
  • Hunger clung to them like a relentless parasite, gnawing at their bellies, devouring their strength, and sapping their will to continue.
    Christopher Paolini  --  Eldest
  • The guilt filling the whole of Harry’s chest like some monstrous, weighty parasite, now writhed and squirmed.
    J.K. Rowling  --  Harry Potter and the Order of the Phoenix
  • Animals in the wild lead lives of compulsion and necessity within an unforgiving social hierarchy in an environment where the supply of fear is high and the supply of food low and where territory must constantly be defended and parasites forever endured.
    Yann Martel  --  Life of Pi
  • The Fox Brothers Circus has just collapsed, and Uncle Al is ecstatic because they employed the world-famous Charles Mansfield-Livingston, a handsome, dapper man with a parasitic twin growing out of his chest.
    Sara Gruen  --  Water for Elephants
  • She became more and more impatient of acting and another parasite found its way into her mind.
    Thornton Wilder  --  The Bridge of San Luis Rey
  • Disgusting parasites.
    Stephenie Meyer  --  Eclipse
  • BLOOM: Rosemary also did I understand you to say or willpower over parasitic tissues.
    James Joyce  --  Ulysses
  • He’s dirty and smelly, and his ragged wings harbor parasites.
    Thomas C. Foster  --  How to Read Literature Like a Professor
  • Those parasites were such morons, they counted worse than any herdsman.
    Alexander Solzhenitsyn  --  One Day in the Life of Ivan Denisovich
  • But here in Mr. Gower’s hands I become other—a parasite on her body, no longer of her mind.
    Joy Kogawa  --  Obasan
  • "Our parasites"; she remembered how Vronsky had said that.
    Leo Tolstoy  --  Anna Karenina
  • A little later the only Warsaw newspaper published in Polish by the Germans provided an official comment on this subject: not only were the Jews social parasites, they also spread infection.
    Wladyslaw Szpilman  --  The Pianist
  • We also try to combat parasites in our own bodies in the form of bacteria.
    Jostein Gaarder  --  Sophie’s World
  • And he thought then about the Guild — the force that had specialized for so long that it had become a parasite, unable to exist independently of the life upon which it fed.
    Frank Herbert  --  Dune
  • In those days, there was a shortage of chemical fertilizers in Japan, so farmers were using night soil, and as a consequence many people began to harbor parasites, which were not fatal in themselves but were seriously debilitating to those who had had radiation sickness.
    John Hersey  --  Hiroshima
  • Captain Nemo’s treasures were enhanced by some valuable exhibits from the delphinula snail species, to which I joined some pointed star coral, a sort of parasitic polypary that often attaches itself to seashells.
    Jules Verne  --  Twenty Thousand Leagues Under the Sea
  • Nor have you, O poor parasite and humble hanger-on, much reason to complain!
    William Makepeace Thackeray  --  Vanity Fair
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Associated words [difficulty]:   parasitic [1] , symbiotic [6] , predatory [1] , symbiotic [6] , ethology [9]
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