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1. Belief in vampires.
2. The behavior of a vampire.


1. (Alternative Belief Systems) belief in the existence of vampires
2. (European Myth & Legend) the actions of vampires; bloodsucking
3. the act of preying upon or exploiting others


(ˈvæm paɪərˌɪz əm, -pəˌrɪz-)

1. belief in the existence of vampires.
2. the acts or practices of vampires.
3. unscrupulous exploitation or ruin of others.


1. the state or condition of being a vampire.
2. the actions or habits of vampires.
3. belief in the existence of vampires. — vampiric, adj.
See also: Mythology
ThesaurusAntonymsRelated WordsSynonymsLegend:
Noun1.vampirism - belief in the existence of vampires
belief - any cognitive content held as true
2.vampirism - the actions or practices of a vampire
action - something done (usually as opposed to something said); "there were stories of murders and other unnatural actions"
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