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parasitic Line breaks: para|sit¦ic
Pronunciation: /parəˈsɪtɪk/

Definition of parasitic in English:


1(Of an organism) living as a parasite: mistletoe is parasitic on trees
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  • Since viruses are parasitic on cellular life, the first life could not have been anything like a virus.
  • Some species are parasitic on insects, plants and animals, including man.
  • Nevertheless, growing these parasitic plants in vitro is difficult, because of their dependence on a connection to hosts for normal development, and because of their specific germination requirements.
1.1Resulting from infestation by a parasite: mortality from parasitic diseases
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  • Public health agencies focused their activities on infectious diseases, especially vaccine preventable and endemic parasitic diseases.
  • Scabies is a contagious parasitic infection caused by infestation of the Sarcoptes scabiei var hominis mite.
  • On the other hand, pathological conditions are marked by gall-like swellings and vermiform borings on exoskeletons that are thought to have been caused by diseases or parasitic infestation.
2 derogatory Habitually relying on or exploiting others: attacks on the parasitic existence of Party functionaries
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  • Such music fests do not exist outside of a parasitic capitalist and Mafia-styled exploitive capitalist paradigm that is financed by the American government with American tax payer money.
  • Revisionism is an historical discipline made necessary by the fact that all States are governed by a ruling class that is a minority of the population, and which subsists as a parasitic and exploitative burden upon the rest of society.
  • He and Carlyle relied heavily on the parasitic rhetoric.
3 Phonetics (Of a speech sound) inserted without etymological justification (e.g. the b in thimble); epenthetic.


Early 17th century: via Latin from Greek parasitikos, from parasitos '(person) eating at another's table'.



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  • He sat at a table chaotic with books and papers, his typewriter a lonely sentinel of order; in the room, people came and went, acolytes, aspirants and hangers-on, some immensely talented, others merely parasitical.
  • On the third hand, it could be argued that a largely parasitical underclass living on welfare and crime thrives only in big cities and ‘get out the vote’ drives do end up with a lot of them voting Democrat.
  • He needs to draw on other people's lives and there is something very parasitical about that.


Pronunciation: /ˌparəˈsɪtɪkli/
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  • The Fine Art tradition today does not live symbiotically with design: it lives parasitically off of the communicative and vital language established by design.
  • In the tracking shot, the viewer becomes a ghostly guest moving parasitically along with the all-knowing camera as the space of the filmic world is mapped.
  • In doing so, it revealed its weakness, prompting other nations to pick, parasitically, at America's weakness for their own short-term gains.


Pronunciation: /ˈparəsɪtɪz(ə)m/
Example sentences
  • Who realized that such extreme parasitism was bad for all of them.
  • This is the parasitism to which I refer in the heading for this posting.
  • The question of parasitism may be at the core of Bill's comment about knowingness.

Words that rhyme with parasitic

analytic, anchoritic, anthracitic, arthritic, bauxitic, calcitic, catalytic, critic, cryptanalytic, Cushitic, dendritic, diacritic, dioritic, dolomitic, enclitic, eremitic, hermitic, lignitic, mephitic, paralytic, psychoanalytic, pyritic, Sanskritic, saprophytic, Semitic, sybaritic, syenitic, syphilitic, troglodytic

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