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[uhn-ded] /ˌʌnˈdɛd/
no longer alive but animated by a supernatural force, as a vampire or zombie.
(used with a plural verb) undead beings collectively (usually preceded by the).
Origin of undead
First recorded in 1895-1900 Unabridged
Based on the Random House Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2017.
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  • They seemed to watch her with the awful patience of the undead.

    Shadows in the Moonlight Robert E. Howard
  • She reached the first of the undead, and Cliff saw light glint on a knife-blade.

    Isle of the Undead Lloyd Arthur Eshbach
  • Usually some of our captives live from full moon to full moon before they become like those of the galley—the undead.

    Isle of the Undead Lloyd Arthur Eshbach
  • At the doleful, soothing sound the undead halted in their tracks; halted—and melted into nothingness before his eyes!

    Isle of the Undead Lloyd Arthur Eshbach
  • Give them outsized, bat-adorned tools and get them to play at construction activity in thumpy, undead pantomime.

British Dictionary definitions for undead


  1. (of a fictional being, such as a vampire) technically dead but reanimated
  2. (as collective noun; preceded by the): the undead
Collins English Dictionary - Complete & Unabridged 2012 Digital Edition
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Word Origin and History for undead

"neither dead nor alive," c.1400, from un- (1) "not" + dead. As a noun meaning "vampires and such," from 1904.

Online Etymology Dictionary, © 2010 Douglas Harper
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