Originally part of central European folklore, they now appear in horror stories as living corpses who need to feed on human blood. A vampire will leave his coffin at night, disguised as a great bat, to seek his innocent victims, bite their necks with his long, sharp teeth, and suck their blood.

Notes for vampires

The most famous vampire is Count Dracula, from the novel Dracula by Bram Stoker.

Words Nearby vampires

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How to use vampires in a sentence

  • "Hey, what about that nest of vampires down there," Urson said, thumbing viciously toward the black behind them.

    The Jewels of Aptor | Samuel R. Delany
  • And the nymphs and the vampires were more than ever afraid to come near White Caroline, and she was very glad of that indeed.

  • I had uncrossed my arms, which meant that I was now "visible" to rival vampires, one of whom had been slowly sneaking up on us.

    Little Brother | Cory Doctorow
  • They reminded me of vampires with a taste for young flesh, they seemed so to gloat over the taste of a good conscience.

    Tales Of Men And Ghosts | Edith Wharton
  • Strangely enough, however, there are many persons whom vampires will never bite.