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[vam-pahyuh r-iz-uh m, -puh-riz-] /ˈvæm paɪərˌɪz əm, -pəˌrɪz-/
belief in the existence of vampires.
the acts or practices of vampires.
unscrupulous exploitation, ruin, or degradation of others.
Origin of vampirism
First recorded in 1785-95; vampire + -ism Unabridged
Based on the Random House Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2017.
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  • 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?

    She Buildeth Her House Will Comfort
  • Here then, were all the admitted signs and proofs of vampirism.

    In a Glass Darkly, v. 3/3 Joseph Sheridan Le Fanu
  • In a word, it is vampirism, pure and simple, on the psychic plane.

    H. P. Blavatsky Alice Leighton Cleather
  • Whatever placidity there is is attained by means of vampirism.

  • Men of science bore testimony in favour of vampirism with seeming truthfulness and ability, worthy of a better subject.

  • Now that vampirism, by the evocation of the dead, is joined to demonism, the victim is worse than possessed.

    L-bas J. K. Huysmans
British Dictionary definitions for vampirism


belief in the existence of vampires
the actions of vampires; bloodsucking
the act of preying upon or exploiting others
Collins English Dictionary - Complete & Unabridged 2012 Digital Edition
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Word Origin and History for vampirism

1737, from vampire + -ism.

Online Etymology Dictionary, © 2010 Douglas Harper
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