vam·​pir·​ism ˈvam-ˌpī(-ə)r-ˌi-zəm How to pronounce vampirism (audio)
: belief in vampires
: the actions of a vampire

Examples of vampirism in a Sentence

Recent Examples on the Web But this new wrinkle, where Guillermo is stuck in between humanity and vampirism, is so much more surprising and delightful. Alan Sepinwall, Rolling Stone, 13 July 2023 Based on Spain’s first case of vampirism documented by the Catholic Church, a young woman is sent in 1755 to a cloistered monastery where several novices suffer a strange blood disease. John Hopewell, Variety, 5 Apr. 2023 In takes a couple of big creative swings, too, primarily with its choice to incorporate a pharmaceutical narrative centered around a company that is doing research into vampirism as a communicable disease and trying to find a cure. Roxana Hadadi, Vulture, 10 Oct. 2022 Homosexuality is not vampirism. Abc News, ABC News, 8 Mar. 2023 Unfortunately, the two-time Oscar winner has also never delivered such a broad, silly performance — a ghoulish Saturday Night Live caricature of showbiz vampirism. A.a. Dowd, Vulture, 2 Sep. 2022 This kind of butterfly vampirism was a wholly new observation, says Tea. Nathaniel Scharping, Discover Magazine, 2 Nov. 2021 This vampire novel follows a 53-year-old named Shori–who appears to be 10 years old due to her vampirism. Milan Polk, Men's Health, 24 Oct. 2022 In universe originally established by Swedish author John Ajvide Lindqvist in his 2004 novel to include a second family with a member afflicted by vampirism, a clan whose members include a character played by Grace Gummer. Clark Collis,, 7 Oct. 2022 See More

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Word History

First Known Use

circa 1796, in the meaning defined at sense 1

Time Traveler
The first known use of vampirism was circa 1796

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“Vampirism.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 7 Dec. 2023.

Medical Definition


vam·​pir·​ism -ˌpī(ə)r-ˌiz-əm How to pronounce vampirism (audio)
: a sexual perversion in which gratification is obtained by the drawing of blood
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