Definition of parasite:
- 1. An animal or vegetable organism which lives on or in another and draws its nourishment therefrom. 2. In the case of a fetal inclusion or double monster, the more or less incomplete twin which derives its support from the other, the latter being called the autosite.
- One who frequents the tables of the rich, and earns his welcome by flattery; a hangeron; a sycophant; a plant or animal which attaches itself to and lives upon another.
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Examples of usage for parasite:
Renunciation is a parasite of virtue. "Life and Writings of Maurice Maeterlinck" , Jethro Bithell.
You see it has become a demonstrated fact that I, a minister's wife, of Illinois, have been three years imprisoned in your State, by your laws, simply because I could not tell a lie- that is, I could not be false to my own honest convictions; and since I simply claim the right to be an individual instead of a parasite, or an echo of others' views, I am branded by your laws as hopelessly insane! "Marital Power Exemplified in Mrs. Packard's Trial, and Self-Defence from the Charge of Insanity" , Elizabeth Parsons Ware Packard.
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