- 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
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Examples from the Web for undead
Meanwhile, Only Lovers Left Alive uses the city as a character as undead and ghostly as its human leads.Can Hollywood Rejuvenate Detroit and America’s Bankrupt Cities?
May 15, 2014
With a force as essentially repetitive as the undead, changing locations (and plots) gives the show life.What ‘The Walking Dead’ Can Learn From ‘World War Z’
February 7, 2014
While Maggie, Daryl, Sasha and the others frantically chip away at the undead swarm, Rick hesitates.The Walking Dead ‘Infected’ Recap: There Will Be Exploding Faces
October 21, 2013
His centuries-old lover, Eve (Tilda Swinton), lives out in Tangiers, and has a more positive outlook on the undead life.Tom Hiddleston On His Rocker-Vampire in ‘Only Lovers Left Alive,’ ‘Thor 2,’ and ‘Avengers 2’
September 7, 2013
For the most part, undead Canadians reject the violent methods of the more militant zombies.How Can Canada Deal with the Zombie Threat?
February 16, 2013
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.
Usually some of our captives live from full moon to full moon before they become like those of the galley—the undead.
At the doleful, soothing sound the undead halted in their tracks; halted—and melted into nothingness before his eyes!
Give them outsized, bat-adorned tools and get them to play at construction activity in thumpy, undead pantomime.Down and Out in the Magic Kingdom
- (of a fictional being, such as a vampire) technically dead but reanimated
- (as collective noun; preceded by the)the undead
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Word Origin and History for undead
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