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

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Now, McKay doesn’t really build this thread visually in the way Oliver Stone did with vampirism in Nixon. Alissa Wilkinson, Vox, "Vice doesn’t want to humanize Dick Cheney. So instead, it (maybe) demonizes America.," 21 Dec. 2018 There’s a really powerful category of recent films about teenage girls coming of age through cannibalism, vampirism, or other body-mutating horrors. Jacob Kastrenakes, The Verge, "New trailers: Detective Pikachu, Toy Story 4, and more," 17 Nov. 2018 Sharpless and Sazama previously tackled vampirism with Dracula Untold, Universal’s origin of the most famous vampire that starred Luke Evans. Borys Kit, The Hollywood Reporter, "'Spider-Man' Spinoff: Morbius the Living Vampire Movie in the Works With 'Power Rangers' Writers," 13 Nov. 2017 He instead became afflicted with a condition that was a form of vampirism — the thirst for blood, along with fangs and super strength — and fought Spider-Man. Borys Kit, The Hollywood Reporter, "'Spider-Man' Spinoff: Morbius the Living Vampire Movie in the Works With 'Power Rangers' Writers," 13 Nov. 2017 In Slavic cultures, almost all of the cases where vampirism was assumed to be at play became known in retrospect. Joshua Rapp Learn, Smithsonian, "Burials Unearthed in Poland Open the Casket on The Secret Lives of Vampires," 28 Oct. 2017 There's basically no subtext, even when a Native American actor and a Ghanaian-British actor are depicting their characters' experiences with vampirism in 19th Century America. Daniel Fienberg, The Hollywood Reporter, "'Midnight, Texas': TV Review," 21 July 2017 All the same, there’s something about munching on human flesh that wrecks your equipoise in ways that almost nothing else does, classic vampirism... Joe Morgenstern, WSJ, "‘Raw’ Review: A Matter of Taste," 9 Mar. 2017

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First Known Use of vampirism

circa 1796, in the meaning defined at sense 1

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The first known use of vampirism was circa 1796

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Medical Definition of vampirism

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

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