from The American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, 4th Edition
- n. Belief in vampires.
- n. The behavior of a vampire.
from Wiktionary, Creative Commons Attribution/Share-Alike License
- n. the state of being a vampire, or the practices associated with vampires, in particular blood-drinking and the draining of a victim's life-force.
- n. extortion
from the GNU version of the Collaborative International Dictionary of English
- n. Belief in the existence of vampires.
- n. The actions of a vampire; the practice of bloodsucking.
- n. Fig.: The practice of extortion.
from The Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia
- n. Belief in the existence of vampires. See vampire, 1.
- n. The action of a vampire-bat; the act or practice of blood-sucking.
- n. Figuratively, the practice of extortion or preying on others.
from WordNet 3.0 Copyright 2006 by Princeton University. All rights reserved.
- n. belief in the existence of vampires
- n. the actions or practices of a vampire
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