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He ceased for a time at least to be a gentleman to become a hanger-on, a parasite once more.

Parasiticus means a parasite; so called because it grows on a Scleroderma.

To be proud that one wasn't a loafer or a drone, or a parasite on the body economic.

And you can't understand that I am precisely what you've described--a parasite!

It is an unaccountable prejudice that makes the parasite unpopular.

The institution of marriage makes a parasite of woman, an absolute dependent.

You speak,” he said, “as though literature were the parasite of evil.

But now in the train of victory there appeared its parasite, discord.

I worked hard, and had to give up what I earned to every kind of parasite.

Since the dead did not wish him to be a man, he would be a parasite.

WORD ORIGIN

1530s, "a hanger-on, a toady, person who lives on others," from Middle French parasite (16c.) or directly from Latin parasitus "toady, sponger," and directly from Greek parasitos "one who lives at another's expense, person who eats at the table of another," from noun use of an adjective meaning "feeding beside," from para- "beside" (see para- (1)) + sitos "food," of unknown origin. Scientific meaning "animal or plant that lives on others" is first recorded 1640s (implied in parasitical).

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