vampire

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noun vam·pire \ˈvam-ˌpī(-ə)r\

Definition of vampire

  1. 1 :  the reanimated body of a dead person believed to come from the grave at night and suck the blood of persons asleep

  2. 2 a :  one who lives by preying on others b :  a woman who exploits and ruins her lover

  3. 3 :  vampire bat

vampiric

play \vam-ˈpir-ik\ adjective

vampirish

play \ˈvam-ˌpī(-ə)r-ish\ adjective

Examples of vampire in a sentence

  1. <regarded debt collectors as vampires who made a living from the misery of others>

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Origin and Etymology of vampire

French, from German Vampir, from Serbian vampir


First Known Use: 1732

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VAMPIRE Defined for English Language Learners

vampire

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noun vam·pire \ˈvam-ˌpī(-ə)r\

Definition of vampire for English Language Learners

  • in stories : a dead person who leaves the grave at night to bite and suck the blood of living people


VAMPIRE Defined for Kids

vampire

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noun vam·pire \ˈvam-ˌpīr\

Definition of vampire for Students

  1. :  the body of a dead person believed to come from the grave at night and suck the blood of sleeping people


Medical Dictionary

vampire

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noun vam·pire \ˈvam-ˌpī(ə)r\

Medical Definition of vampire



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