parasitical

parasitic, parasitical
Both forms are in use as adjectives derived from parasite (normally in its figurative meaning):

• This parasitic castle life had left my funds comparatively intact —Patrick Leigh Fermor, 1986

• I am keen on police checks on people working with vulnerable adults. But who is doing the police checks? Yes —another hateful, skinflint, parasitical private agency —Guardian, 2002.


Modern English usage. 2014.

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  • Parasitical — Parasitic Par a*sit ic (p[a^]r [.a]*s[i^]t [i^]k), Parasitical Par a*sit ic*al (p[a^]r [.a]*s[i^]t [i^]*kal), a. [L. parasiticus, Gr. ?: cf. F. parasitique.] [1913 Webster] 1. Of the nature of a parasite; having the habits of a parasite; fawning… …   The Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • parasitical — adjective of, pertaining to, or having the characteristics of a parasite; parasitic The parasitical plants render the forests impassable in many places …   Wiktionary

  • parasitical — parasitic ► ADJECTIVE 1) (of an organism) living as a parasite. 2) resulting from infestation by a parasite. 3) derogatory habitually relying on or exploiting others. DERIVATIVES parasitical adjective parasitically adverb …   English terms dictionary

  • parasitical — adjective see parasite …   New Collegiate Dictionary

  • parasitical — I (Roget s IV) modif. Syn. ravenous, parasitic, ravening, wolfish, predacious; see also predatory . II (Roget s Thesaurus II) adjective Of or characteristic of a parasite: bloodsucking, parasitic. Slang: freeloading. See DEPENDENCE …   English dictionary for students

  • parasitical — see parasitic …   English dictionary

  • parasitical — pærÉ™ sɪtɪkl adj. living on or inside another organism; obtaining its livelihood from another creature …   English contemporary dictionary

  • parasitical — a. See parasitic …   New dictionary of synonyms

  • parasitical — adj 1. blood sucking, sucking, draining, depleting, exhausting; absorbing, grasping, taking; leechlike, Sl. sponging, Sl. mooching, Inf. freeloading, Inf. panhandling, dependent. 2. sycophantic, sycophantish, toadying; flattering, truckling,… …   A Note on the Style of the synonym finder

  • parasitical — par·a·sit·i·cal …   English syllables

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