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Wraith vs. Vampire

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Wraithnoun

A ghost or specter, especially a person's likeness seen just after their death.

Vampirenoun

A mythological undead creature said to feed on the blood of the living.

Wraithnoun

An apparition of a person in his exact likeness, seen before death, or a little after; hence, an apparition; a specter; a vision; an unreal image.

‘She was uncertain if it were the gypsy or her wraith.’; ‘O, hollow wraith of dying fame.’;

Vampirenoun

(colloquial) A person with the medical condition Systemic lupus erythematosus, colloquially known as vampirism, with effects such as photosensitivity and brownish-red stained teeth.

Wraithnoun

Sometimes, improperly, a spirit thought to preside over the waters; - called also water wraith.

Vampirenoun

A blood-sucking bat; vampire bat (Desmodus rotundus)

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Wraithnoun

a mental representation of some haunting experience;

‘he looked like he had seen a ghost’; ‘it aroused specters from his past’;

Vampirenoun

A person who drains one's time, energy, money, etc.

Wraithnoun

a ghost or ghostlike image of someone, especially one seen shortly before or after their death.

Vampireverb

To drain of energy or resources.

Wraithnoun

used in reference to a pale, thin, or insubstantial person or thing

‘heart attacks had reduced his mother to a wraith’;

Vampirenoun

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 was once prevalent in parts of Eastern Europe, and was especially current in Hungary about the year 1730. The vampire was often said to have the ability to transform itself into the form of a bat, as presented in the novel depicting the legend of Dracula published by Bram Stoker in 1897, which has inspired several movies.

‘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,’;

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Wraithnoun

a wisp or faint trace of something

‘a sea breeze was sending a grey wraith of smoke up the slopes’;

Vampirenoun

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

Vampirenoun

Either one of two or more species of South American blood-sucking bats belonging to the genera Desmodus and Diphylla; also called vampire bat. 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 cæcal appendage to the stomach, in which the blood with which they gorge themselves is stored.

Vampirenoun

Any one of several species of harmless tropical American bats of the genus Vampyrus, especially Vampyrus 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.

Vampirenoun

(folklore) a corpse that rises at night to drink the blood of the living

Vampire

A vampire is a creature from folklore that subsists by feeding on the vital essence (generally in the form of blood) of the living. In European folklore, vampires are undead creatures that often visited loved ones and caused mischief or deaths in the neighbourhoods they inhabited while they were alive.

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