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undead

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adjective
  1. no longer alive but animated by a supernatural force, as a vampire or zombie.
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noun
  1. (used with a plural verb) undead beings collectively (usually preceded by the).
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Origin of undead

First recorded in 1895–1900
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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

undead

adjective
    1. (of a fictional being, such as a vampire) technically dead but reanimated
    2. (as collective noun; preceded by the)the undead
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Word Origin and History for undead

adj.

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

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