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parasite (noun) animal or plant living in or on other plants or animals and gets food from them; person who always relies on others for their living.

Lice, bugs, fleas and such other worms and insects are parasites, because they get their food from the other organisms they live on or in. The fungus on stale bread is a parasite. A person who always gets benefits from others and gives nothing back is a parasite. A parasite is a wretched dependent. A husband is a parasite on his wife if he depends on her for everything including food, accommodation, etc., a person who enjoys the allowances offered by the government and never tries to earn a living is a parasite on society.

  • It is wrong to regard old people getting old age allowance as parasites. Their inability to work and earn should not be mistaken for their unwillingness to work.
  • Disabled by paralysis, he is depressed at the thought that he has to depend on the others for everything including food. To be regarded a parasite is the last thing he wants and is prepared to do any work he can, to earn a living.
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