Noun Vampire Definition and Examples


Noun:

Vampire

Pronunciation:

/ˈvampʌɪə/

Definition:
1.

noun

(in European folklore) a corpse supposed to leave its grave at night to drink the blood of the living by biting their necks with long pointed canine teeth.
  1. 'In the depths of the night stood three vampires with glowing yellow eyes.'
  2. 'They found a coffin and when they opened it up, a vampire jumped out and drank their blood.'
  3. 'Ask anyone and they will tell you that to protect yourself from a vampire you will require: garlic, a crucifix, holy water, and a nice big, pointy stake.'
  4. 'It was not her first time allowing a vampire to feed on her blood.'
  5. 'My parents were also vampires, and they drank blood to keep themselves alive.'
  6. 'Among folk beliefs are various practices to prevent a corpse from becoming a vampire.'
  7. 'He realized that the other two vampires had vanished.'
  8. 'Why spend time talking when you could be more useful slaying vampires?'
  9. 'She would have to have bitten me four times before I became a vampire.'
  10. 'There was a female vampire standing there holding Scott like he was a rag doll.'
  11. 'There is still a place for vampires in the urban jungles where humanity habitually preys upon itself.'
  12. 'He is the perpetually hungry scholar, too desiccated by poverty to return her love, a vampire preying on her bountiful spirit.'
A small bat that feeds on the blood of mammals or birds using its two sharp incisor teeth and anticoagulant saliva, found mainly in tropical America.
  1. 'Some scientists have suggested that the vampire bat developed its blood-sucking practice while it was an insect-eater, as most bats are.'
  2. 'In the countryside of Mexico and in rural Central America it is common to assume all bats are vampires.'
(in a theatre) a small spring trapdoor used for sudden disappearances from a stage.
  1. 'To operate the vampire trap the dancer threw herself against a couple of shutters in the stage floor, which opened to let her through and immediately closed.'
((n.) A blood-sucking ghost; a soul of a dead person superstitiously believed to come from the grave and wander about by night sucking the blood of persons asleep, thus causing their death. This superstition is now prevalent in parts of Eastern Europe, and was especially current in Hungary about the year 1730.|--|(n.) Fig.: One who lives by preying on others; an extortioner; a bloodsucker.|--|(n.) Either one of two or more species of South American blood-sucking bats belonging to the genera Desmodus and Diphylla. These bats are destitute of molar teeth, but have strong, sharp cutting incisors with which they make punctured wounds from which they suck the blood of horses, cattle, and other animals, as well as man, chiefly during sleep. They have a caecal appendage to the stomach, in which the blood with which they gorge themselves is stored.|--|(n.) Any one of several species of harmless tropical American bats of the genus Vampyrus, especially V. spectrum. These bats feed upon insects and fruit, but were formerly erroneously supposed to suck the blood of man and animals. Called also false vampire.|--|)


noun

1. a preternatural being, commonly believed to be a reanimated corpse, that is said to suck the blood of sleeping persons at night.

2. (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.

3. a person who preys ruthlessly upon others; extortionist.

4. a woman who unscrupulously exploits, ruins, or degrades the men she seduces.

5. an actress noted for her roles as an unscrupulous seductress: the vampires of the silent movies.


Examples:

"There can be vampire movies."
"There can be vampire economics."
"There can be vampire stories."
"There can be vampire remedies."
"There can be vampire legends."
"There can be vampire kits."
"There can be vampire killers."
"There can be vampire institutions."
"There can be vampire institutes."
"There can be vampire hunters."
"There can be vampire fans."
"There can be vampire faces."
"There can be vampire creatures."
"There can be vampire crazes."
"There can be vampire counts."
"There can be vampire butterflies."
"There can be vampire booms."
"There can be vampire attires."
"vampires can be on dates."
"vampires can be with whites."
"vampires can waive to places."
"vampires can get for murders."
"vampires can return in/at/on tomorrows."
"vampires can return to lives."
"vampires can reincarnate in babies."
"vampires can be about cinemas."
"vampires can return in/at/on tomorrows."
"vampires can return to lives."
"vampires can reincarnate in babies."
"vampires can be about cinemas."

Origin:
Mid 18th century: from French, from Hungarian vampir, perhaps from Turkish uber ‘witch’.

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