Definitions

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  • n. A phantom or spectre.

from the GNU version of the Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • n. A phantom or specter.

from The Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia

  • n. A goblin or specter.

Etymologies

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Latin empusa, from Ancient Greek.

Examples

  • She at length owned that she was an empuse (a sort of vampire), and that she had determined to cherish and pamper Menippus, that she might in the conclusion eat his flesh, and lap up his blood.

    Lives of the Necromancers

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  • Her enemies cruelly abuse her

    And call her a heartless Medusa.

    Such charges are wild;

    She’s really quite mild,

    No more than a creepy empuse.

    September 15, 2018