a preternatural being, commonly believed to be a reanimated corpse, that is said to suck the blood of sleeping persons at night.
(in Eastern European folklore) a corpse, animated by an undeparted soul or demon, that periodically leaves the grave and disturbs the living, until it is exhumed and impaled or burned.
a person who preys ruthlessly upon others; extortionist.
a woman who unscrupulously exploits, ruins, or degrades the men she seduces.
an actress noted for her roles as an unscrupulous seductress: the vampires of the silent movies.
- vam·pir·ic [vam-pir-ik], /væmˈpɪr ɪk/, vam·pir·ish [vam-pahyuhr-ish], /ˈvæm paɪər ɪʃ/, adjective
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How to use vampire in a sentence
In fact, the series even plays homage to The Office through one of its characters, an “energy vampire” who unleashes his dullness on unsuspecting office workers to zap them of their energy.The New Class of Comfort TV: 16 Shows to Watch When You Run Out of Friends and The Office | Eliana Dockterman | February 10, 2021 | Time
She means that vampire bats also reduce food insecurity through social sharing of food resources.In the animal kingdom, rituals that connect, renew and heal | Barbara King | January 22, 2021 | Washington Post
Set in Stockholm in the 1980s, it builds a grim city that feels alive and chilling and is a great read for people looking for vampires that are more gross than romantic.The perfect science fiction, fantasy and genre-bending tales for the chilly days ahead | Silvia Moreno-Garcia and Lavie Tidhar | December 18, 2020 | Washington Post
His Nazi obsession resounded in the “gothic soundscapes” and “vampiric” music he and Iggy produced during the Berlin years.
This orchid has the power to project its vampiric attacks when it is a shriveled bulb or in the flower.The Supernatural in Modern English Fiction | Dorothy Scarborough
British Dictionary definitions for vampire
- vampiric (væmˈpɪrɪk) or vampirish, adjective
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