un·​dead | \ ˌən-ˈded How to pronounce undead (audio) \

Definition of undead

: not dead : returned from or as if from death It may be someone I don't want to see—from the undead past, an ex-lover, my ex-best friend.— Lynne Tillman especially, in stories about vampires and zombies : reanimated after death by supernatural means undead creatures We would all recognize a vampire if we saw one, that 'undead' soul who rises from the grave to gorge himself upon the blood of the living, thereby creating further generations of vampires. — Roy Porter often used as a collective noun Zombies apparently never brush. Witness the rotten chompers flashed by lumbering hordes of hungry undead in this dexterous thriller … People used especially as the undead A brainy young philosophy graduate student … gets sucked into the nightmare world of the undead in Abel Ferrara's black-and-white indie vampire tale. Entertainment Weekly

Examples of undead in a Sentence

Recent Examples on the Web On one hand: undead soldiers attacking the good guys. Josh Spiegel, Vulture, "A Crash Course in the History of Disney Animation Through Disney+," 11 Jan. 2021 And these new ideas of horror often lean into something even more bone-chilling than the undead or an exorcism: a culture of anti-Blackness. Ineye Komonibo, refinery29.com, "In A Horror Movie About Hair, The Biggest Villain Goes Unseen," 29 Oct. 2020 The Mortuary in Mid-City is inviting guests to unleash some pandemic frustrations on the undead. Will Coviello, NOLA.com, "Upcoming New Orleans Halloween and the Day of the Dead events," 26 Oct. 2020 His character is an undead man with a Jheri curl in search of a woman who’ll keep him alive. Washington Post, "‘Bad Hair’ and 9 other scary movies where Black characters actually survive until the end," 23 Oct. 2020 Klum's husband Tom Kaulitz even makes a cameo as an undead zombie, presumably hungry for braaaains. Elizabeth Logan, Glamour, "Every Costume Heidi Klum Wore in Her Halloween 2020 Horror Movie," 31 Oct. 2020 Lee’s take is also rooted in blood but isn’t about the undead, according to the director. Washington Post, "‘Bad Hair’ and 9 other scary movies where Black characters actually survive until the end," 23 Oct. 2020 All that plus undead buddies, fantastic special effects, an unreal transformation scene and it’s pretty funny! Brian Truitt, USA TODAY, "From 'The Shining' to 'The Birds,' 25 horror movies to watch before you DIIIIIIIIIIIIE," 21 Oct. 2020 Various story lines converge as a necro politician seeks office, hoping to improve quality of life for everyone, including the undead. Will Coviello, NOLA.com, "Screamfest classic and comedy horror films leads array of pre-Halloween movies," 19 Oct. 2020

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First Known Use of undead

1897, in the meaning defined above

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21 Jan 2021

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“Undead.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/undead. Accessed 26 Feb. 2021.

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