Dictionary.com
definitions
  • synonyms

vampirism

[vam-pahyuh r-iz-uh m, -puh-riz-]
See more synonyms on Thesaurus.com
noun
  1. belief in the existence of vampires.
  2. the acts or practices of vampires.
  3. unscrupulous exploitation, ruin, or degradation of others.

Origin of vampirism

First recorded in 1785–95; vampire + -ism
Dictionary.com Unabridged Based on the Random House Unabridged Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2018

Examples from the Web for vampirism

Contemporary Examples

Historical Examples

  • No mark of vampirism was found either on the corpse of the son or on the others.

    The Phantom World

    Augustin Calmet

  • There are many well-authenticated cases of vampirism in France and Germany.

    Werwolves

    Elliott O'Donnell

  • “But without the ill effects of vampirism,” he urged quickly.

  • Would there not be hope—if he battled with that—put that vampirism behind?

  • Here then, were all the admitted signs and proofs of vampirism.

    In a Glass Darkly, v. 3/3

    Joseph Sheridan Le Fanu


British Dictionary definitions for vampirism

vampirism

noun
  1. belief in the existence of vampires
  2. the actions of vampires; bloodsucking
  3. the act of preying upon or exploiting others
Collins English Dictionary - Complete & Unabridged 2012 Digital Edition © William Collins Sons & Co. Ltd. 1979, 1986 © HarperCollins Publishers 1998, 2000, 2003, 2005, 2006, 2007, 2009, 2012

Word Origin and History for vampirism

n.

1737, from vampire + -ism.

Online Etymology Dictionary, © 2010 Douglas Harper