Definition of Vampire

1. Noun. (folklore) a corpse that rises at night to drink the blood of the living.

Exact synonyms: Lamia
Category relationships: Folklore
Generic synonyms: Evil Spirit



Definition of Vampire

1. n. A blood-sucking ghost; a soul of a dead person superstitiously believed to come from the grave and wander about by night sucking the blood of persons asleep, thus causing their death. This superstition is now prevalent in parts of Eastern Europe, and was especially current in Hungary about the year 1730.

2. n. A blood-sucking ghost; a soul of a dead person superstitiously believed to come from the grave and wander about by night sucking the blood of persons asleep, thus causing their death. This superstition is now prevalent in parts of Eastern Europe, and was especially current in Hungary about the year 1730.

Definition of Vampire

1. Noun. A mythological undead creature said to feed on human blood. (defdate from earlier 18th c.) ¹

2. Noun. (colloquial) A person with the medical condition Systemic lupus erythematosus, colloquially known as vampirism, with effects such as photosensitivity, brownish-red stained teeth, and increased night vision. ¹

3. Noun. A blood-sucking bat; vampire bat (''Desmodus rotundus'') (defdate from later 18th c.) ¹

¹ Source: wiktionary.com

Definition of Vampire

1. a reanimated corpse believed to feed on sleeping persons' blood [n -S] : VAMPIRIC [adj]

Medical Definition of Vampire

1. 1. A blood-sucking ghost; a soul of a dead person superstitiously believed to come from the grave and wander about by night sucking the blood of persons asleep, thus causing their death. This superstition is now prevalent in parts of Eastern Europe, and was especially current in Hungary about the year 1730. "The persons who turn vampires are generally wizards, witches, suicides, and persons who have come to a violent end, or have been cursed by their parents or by the church," (Encyc. Brit) 2. One who lives by preying on others; an extortioner; a bloodsucker. 3. Either one of two or more species of South American blood-sucking bats belonging to the genera Desmodus and Diphylla. These bats are destitute of molar teeth, but have strong, sharp cutting incisors with which they make punctured wounds from which they suck the blood of horses, cattle, and other animals, as well as man, chiefly during sleep. They have a caecal appendage to the stomach, in which the blood with which they gorge themselves is stored. 4. Any one of several species of harmless tropical American bats of the genus Vampyrus, especially V. Spectrum. These bats feed upon insects and fruit, but were formerly erroneously supposed to suck the blood of man and animals. Called also false vampire. Vampire bat, a vampire. Origin: F. Vampire (cf. It. Vampiro, G. & D. Vampir), fr. Servian vampir Alternative forms: vampyre. Source: Websters Dictionary (01 Mar 1998)

Lexicographical Neighbors of Vampire

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vamosing
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vamped
vamper
vampered
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vampings
vampire (current term)
vampire's teabag
vampire bat
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vampire tea bags
vampire teabag
vampire teabags
vampired
vampiredom
vampireless
vampirelike
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vampires' teabags
vampiresque

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