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 Suspecting vampirism, the villagers exhumed Paole’s body. Oscar Urbiola, National Geographic, "How did 18th-century vampire hunters identify the undead? Blood and fingernails," 29 Oct. 2019 In the trailer, Dr. Michael Morbius is a scientist who, in an attempt to cure himself of a rare blood disease, infected himself with a strain of vampirism, turning him into the superhuman creature of the night. Nick Romano, EW.com, "First Morbius trailer turns Jared Leto into the Living Vampire," 13 Jan. 2020 If there was liquid blood in the organs (especially the heart), a bloated abdomen, or if the corpse seemed relatively fresh, this was viewed as evidence of vampirism. Jennifer Ouellette, Ars Technica, "DNA analysis revealed the identity of 19th century “Connecticut vampire”," 31 Dec. 2019 In large part, the belief in vampirism grew out of a lack of knowledge about the natural processes of decomposition after death, which can, under certain conditions, be delayed for a long period of time. Oscar Urbiola, National Geographic, "How did 18th-century vampire hunters identify the undead? Blood and fingernails," 29 Oct. 2019 If bodies were unearthed during that period on suspicion of vampirism, blood could still be found in their veins. Oscar Urbiola, National Geographic, "How did 18th-century vampire hunters identify the undead? Blood and fingernails," 29 Oct. 2019 But, at the moment, our immortality options are limited to cryogenic freezing, vampirism, and really, really good gut bacteria. Cora Frazier, The New Yorker, "Your Immortality Application," 21 Oct. 2019 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

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First Known Use of vampirism

circa 1796, in the meaning defined at sense 1

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“Vampirism.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/vampirism. Accessed 13 Jul. 2020.

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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

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