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 Sure enough, the footage thus far emphasizes a lack of CGI in favor of real-life car chases, peppered with crashes and explosions, along with the film's cast of vampires bending and contorting their actual bodies to look like the undead. Sam Machkovech, Ars Technica, 7 June 2022 Ruby, 26, dressed as the Skullgirls video game character, the undead Squigly, while her wife Kynthia dressed as Guilty Gear’s Elphelt Valentine. Alexis Gaskin, Glamour, 31 May 2022 Like the original, the remake kicks off with a 30-minute uncut sequence in which a zombie movie shoot turns deadly for real, with cast and crew transforming into the bloodsucking undead. Jordan Mintzer, The Hollywood Reporter, 17 May 2022 Per Collider: In D&D lore, Vecna was a once-powerful wizard who became a lich after becoming undead. Jennifer Ouellette, Ars Technica, 23 May 2022 Here’s hoping Cruel World stays undead and returns for an encore. Lina Lecaro, Variety, 16 May 2022 Ju Ji-Hoon plays Crown Prince Lee Chang, who along with a ragtag crew including a physician, a mysterious warrior and a personal guard, uses 17th-century weapons like swords and arrows to battle the undead. Jennifer Mcclellan, USA TODAY, 12 May 2022 Should Republicans retake the House as expected, however, the Commission may yet live on—but as some undead January 6 tribunal from the Upside-Down, geared toward blaming Nancy Pelosi and Democrats for the riot. Alex Shephard, The New Republic, 21 Apr. 2022 Even in the world of the undead, however, Reginald is an outsider, being the only full-figured blood sucker in a world of beautiful, fit and incredibly vain vamps. Scott Roxborough, The Hollywood Reporter, 6 Apr. 2022 See More

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First Known Use of undead

1897, in the meaning defined above

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26 Jun 2022

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“Undead.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/undead. Accessed 6 Jul. 2022.

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