vampirism

[ vam-pahyuhr-iz-uhm, -puh-riz- ]
/ ˈvæm paɪərˌɪz əm, -pəˌrɪz- /

noun

belief in the existence of vampires.
the acts or practices of vampires.
unscrupulous exploitation, ruin, or degradation of others.

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Origin of vampirism

First recorded in 1785–95; vampire + -ism

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British Dictionary definitions for vampirism

vampirism
/ (ˈvæmpaɪərˌɪzəm) /

noun

belief in the existence of vampires
the actions of vampires; bloodsucking
the act of preying upon or exploiting others
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