Vampire meaning

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A person, such as an extortionist, who takes advantage of others, especially for personal gain.
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A mythological undead creature said to feed on the blood of the living. [from earlier 18th c.]
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(colloquial) A person with the medical condition Systemic lupus erythematosus, colloquially known as vampirism, with effects such as photosensitivity, brownish-red stained teeth, and increased night vision.
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A blood-sucking bat; vampire bat (Desmodus rotundus) [from later 18th c.]
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In popular folklore, an undead being in human form that survives by sucking the blood of living people, especially at night.
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A vampire bat.
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(folklore) One of the undead that wanders at night to suck the blood of its human victims.
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An unscrupulous person who preys ruthlessly on others, as a blackmailer or usurer.
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Origin of vampire

  • French from German Vampir of Slavic origin

    From American Heritage Dictionary of the English Language, 5th Edition

  • From French vampire, from German Vampir, from a Slavic word, probably Serbo-Croatian vàmpīr (said to be an alteration of a term *upir). Some sources speculate that the Serbo-Croatian word derives from Macedonian. Compare Russian упырь (upýr’), Polish upiór, etc.

    From Wiktionary