American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, Fourth Edition
- n. A reanimated corpse that is believed to rise from the grave at night to suck the blood of sleeping people.
- n. A person, such as an extortionist, who preys upon others.
- n. A vampire bat.
Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia
- n. A kind of spectral being or ghost still possessing a human body, which, according to a superstition existing among the Slavic and other races on the lower Danube, leaves the grave during the night, and maintains a semblance of life by sucking the warm blood of living men and women while they are asleep. Dead wizards, werwolves, heretics, and other outcasts become vampires, as do also the illegitimate offspring of parents themselves illegitimate, and any one killed by a vampire. On the discovery of a vampire's grave, the body, which, it is supposed, will be found all fresh and ruddy, must be disinterred, thrust through with a whitethorn stake, and burned in order to render it harmless.
- n. Hence, a person who preys on others; an extortioner or blood-sucker.
- n. Same as vampire-bat.
- n. Theat., a small trap made of two flaps held together by a spring, used for sudden appearances and disappearances of one person.
- Of or pertaining to a vampire; resembling a vampire in character; blood-sucking; extortionate; vampiric.
- n. colloquial A person with the medical condition Systemic lupus erythematosus, colloquially known as vampirism, with effects such as photosensitivity, brownish-red stained teeth, and increased night vision.
GNU Webster's 1913
- n. A blood-sucking ghost; a soul of a dead person superstitiously believed to come from the grave and wander about by night sucking the blood of persons asleep, thus causing their death. This superstition was once prevalent in parts of Eastern Europe, and was especially current in Hungary about the year 1730. The
vampirewas often said to have the ability to transform itself into the form of bat, as presented in the novel depicting the legend of Dracula published by Bram Stoker in 1897, which has inspired several movies.
- n. Fig.: One who lives by preying on others; an extortioner; a bloodsucker.
- n. (Zoöl.) Either one of two or more species of South American blood-sucking bats belonging to the genera Desmodus and Diphylla; also called
vampire bat. These bats are destitute of molar teeth, but have strong, sharp cutting incisors with which they make punctured wounds from which they suck the blood of horses, cattle, and other animals, as well as man, chiefly during sleep. They have a cæcal appendage to the stomach, in which the blood with which they gorge themselves is stored.
- n. (Zoöl.) Any one of several species of harmless tropical American bats of the genus Vampyrus, especially Vampyrus spectrum. These bats feed upon insects and fruit, but were formerly erroneously supposed to suck the blood of man and animals. Called also
- n. (folklore) a corpse that rises at night to drink the blood of the living
- From French vampire or German Vampir, from Hungarian vámpír, from Serbo-Croatian vàmpīr, from Macedonian. Cf. Russian упырь (upýr’), Polish upiór, etc. The word "vampire" has its roots in the Mediterranean languages. The earliest reference to the word arises in the Slavonic Magyar; from "vam", meaning "blood", and "pir", meaning "monster". (Wiktionary)
- French, from German Vampir, of Slavic origin. (American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, Fourth Edition)
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“In other good news, House of Dracula (1945), which features Frankenstein and the Wolfman along with the title vampire, is scheduled for Wednesday, November 7.”
“We've lost sight of the fact that vampires should be unsettling, frightening, and not high school prom kings; but there's no mistaking in Let the Right One In that the vampire is a predator and we are her prey.”
“I think the idea of a vampire is attractive not because of their effeminate qualities but because of their masculine qualities.”
“Even for the period that seems a bit … light, especially when the vampire is then described as ripping out her throat, which makes me think of huge chunks of flesh and bloody gore spattering everywhere.”
“There have been many spinoffs and tales, which have included a subgenre of occult detective books, where a vampire is the detective.”
“Bella the vampire is also vampire mommy and vampire wifey and seems to be able to do it all and well.”
“Page 126, and the word vampire is written for the very first time.”
“Edward doesn't think being a vampire is a good thing, and Bella doesn't see that.”
“Edward thinks that allowing Bella to become a vampire is the most selfish thing he will ever do.”
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