vampirism

noun
vam·​pir·​ism | \ ˈvam-ˌpī(-ə)r-ˌi-zəm How to pronounce vampirism (audio) \

Definition of vampirism

1 : belief in vampires
2 : the actions of a vampire

Examples of vampirism in a Sentence

Recent Examples on the Web Here the vampirism lent something to the plot, but try not to think too hard about it. San Diego Union-Tribune, 8 Aug. 2022 Sol suffers from vampirism, and has been sleeping in his office to avoid the punishing sun, and his nocturnal lifestyle makes dating a real challenge. Lizz Schumer, Good Housekeeping, 21 July 2022 There is simply no ethical consumption in vampirism. A Werewolf, Vulture, 30 Oct. 2021 An example of stellar vampirism is an exciting finding in its own right, since that phase of stellar evolution is relatively short and hence very difficult to detect. Jennifer Ouellette, Ars Technica, 2 Mar. 2022 The concept of vampirism is the most intriguing through line here, as the outgoing generation of artists represented by Vera and Henry feed on the energy of a dismissive and disrespectful younger generation in an attempt to gain immortality. Mark Keizer, Variety, 18 Dec. 2021 But the surprise reunion is complicated by the revelation that Eleanor is indeed involved in Masque’s operations, though probably only to be cured of her vampirism. Los Angeles Times, 15 Dec. 2021 And fun fact: Renfield syndrome is another term for clinical vampirism, that is, an obsession with drinking blood. Lester Fabian Brathwaite, EW.com, 1 Dec. 2021 After accidentally injecting himself with vampirism, Morbius receives bat-like powers like echo-location — and of course, an insatiable thirst for blood. Jennifer Yuma, Variety, 2 Nov. 2021 See More

These example sentences are selected automatically from various online news sources to reflect current usage of the word 'vampirism.' Views expressed in the examples do not represent the opinion of Merriam-Webster or its editors. Send us feedback.

First Known Use of vampirism

circa 1796, in the meaning defined at sense 1

Learn More About vampirism

Time Traveler for vampirism

Time Traveler

The first known use of vampirism was circa 1796

See more words from the same year

Dictionary Entries Near vampirism

vampire bat

vampirism

vampirize

See More Nearby Entries 

Statistics for vampirism

Last Updated

15 Aug 2022

Cite this Entry

“Vampirism.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/vampirism. Accessed 18 Aug. 2022.

Style: MLA
MLACheck Mark Icon ChicagoCheck Mark Icon APACheck Mark Icon Merriam-WebsterCheck Mark Icon

More Definitions for vampirism

vampirism

noun
vam·​pir·​ism | \ -ˌpī(ə)r-ˌiz-əm How to pronounce vampirism (audio) \

Medical Definition of vampirism

: a sexual perversion in which gratification is obtained by the drawing of blood

WORD OF THE DAY

Test Your Vocabulary

Words Named After People

  • name tags
  • Namesake of the leotard, Jules Léotard had what profession?
How Strong Is Your Vocabulary?

Test your vocabulary with our 10-question quiz!

TAKE THE QUIZ
Universal Daily Crossword

A daily challenge for crossword fanatics.

TAKE THE QUIZ
Love words? Need even more definitions?

Subscribe to America's largest dictionary and get thousands more definitions and advanced search—ad free!