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Meaning of VAMPIRE

Pronunciation:  'vampIr

WordNet Dictionary
[n]  (folklore) a corpse that rises at night to drink the blood of the living

VAMPIRE is a 7 letter word that starts with V.


 Synonyms: lamia
 See Also: evil spirit



Webster's 1913 Dictionary
\Vam"pire\, n. [F. vampire (cf. It. vampiro, G. & D.
vampir), fr. Servian vampir.] [Written also {vampyre}.]
1. 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.

         The persons who turn vampires are generally wizards,
         witches, suicides, and persons who have come to a
         violent end, or have been cursed by their parents or
         by the church,                        --Encyc. Brit.

2. Fig.: One who lives by preying on others; an extortioner;
   a bloodsucker.

3. (Zo["o]l.) 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 c[ae]cal appendage
   to the stomach, in which the blood with which they gorge
   themselves is stored.

4. (Zo["o]l.) 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}.

{Vampire bat} (Zo["o]l.), a vampire, 3.

Dream Dictionary
 Definition: Seeing a vampire in your dream, symbolizes seduction and sensuality, as well as fear and death. The vampire represents contrasting images of civilized nobility and aggression/ferocity. It may depict someone in your waking life whose charm may ultimately prove harmful. Deep down inside you know that this person is bad for you, yet you are still drawn to it. Alternatively, to see a vampire suggests that you are feeling physically or emotionally drained. The vampire may also be symbolic for someone who is addicted to drugs or someone in an obsessive relationship. Dreaming that you are a vampire means that you are sucking in the life energy of others for your own selfish benefit.