parasitical


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par·a·sit·ic

 (păr′ə-sĭt′ĭk) also par·a·sit·i·cal (-ĭ-kəl)
adj.
1. Of, relating to, or characteristic of a parasite.
2. Caused by a parasite: parasitic diseases.

par′a·sit′i·cal·ly adv.
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Adj.1.parasitical - relating to or caused by parasites; "parasitic infection"
2.parasitical - of plants or persons; having the nature or habits of a parasite or leech; living off another; "a wealthy class parasitic upon the labor of the masses"; "parasitic vines that strangle the trees"; "bloodsucking blackmailer"; "his indolent leechlike existence"
dependent - relying on or requiring a person or thing for support, supply, or what is needed; "dependent children"; "dependent on moisture"
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parasitical

adjective
Of or characteristic of a parasite:
Slang: freeloading.
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The objectionable characteristics seem to be a parasitical growth, having no essential connection with the original fable.
We had left the beach early in the morning, and after an uninterrupted, though at times difficult and dangerous ascent, during which we had never once turned our faces to the sea, we found ourselves, about three hours before sunset, standing on the top of what seemed to be the highest land on the island, an immense overhanging cliff composed of basaltic rocks, hung round with parasitical plants.
Observe," said Villefort, smiling, "I do not mean to deny that both these men were revolutionary scoundrels, and that the 9th Thermidor and the 4th of April, in the year 1814, were lucky days for France, worthy of being gratefully remembered by every friend to monarchy and civil order; and that explains how it comes to pass that, fallen, as I trust he is forever, Napoleon has still retained a train of parasitical satellites.
The elegance of the grasses, the novelty of the parasitical plants, the beauty of the flowers, the glossy green of the foliage, but above all the general luxuriance of the vegetation, filled me with admiration.
"These inhumane, parasitical traders in animal cruelty have not only broken Tikiiri's spirit but destroyed her body too.
Touting has always been around, but it does not make it any more palatable or any less parasitical.
The self-described "moderate" NA member texted his then girlfriend referring to a group of black youths as "f***g parasitical sub-humans".
It is only right Viagogo are held to account for their parasitical actions that have ripped off fans for far too many years."
Like many of his ilk, he is the symptom of a malaise that has crippled the Indian political system for decades -- a deeply parasitical, unscrupulous relationship between the political fraternity and self-styled gurus that thrives at the expense of fostering social gullibility and brain washes the common man.
It's a result of a controversial rule known officially as "parasitical accessory liability", and commonly known as joint enterprise.