Definitions for undeadˌʌnˈdɛd
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Random House Webster's College Dictionary
no longer alive but animated by a supernatural force, as a vampire or zombie.
(n.)(used with a pl. v.) undead beings collectively (usu. prec. by
Origin of undead:
Those creatures which are dead yet still moving.
In the zombie movie, an army of the undead accosted some nubile skinny-dipping teenagers.
Pertaining to a corpse, though having qualities of life.
Being animate, though non-living.
An undead is a being in mythology, legend or fiction that is deceased yet behave as if alive. A common example is a corpse re-animated by supernatural forces by the application of the deceased's own life force or that of another being. Undead may be incorporeal like ghosts, or corporeal like ghouls, vampires and zombies. The undead are featured in the belief systems of most cultures, and appear in many works of fantasy and horror fiction. Bram Stoker considered using the title The Un-Dead for his novel Dracula, and use of the term in the novel is mostly responsible for the modern sense of the word. The word does appear in English before Stoker but with the more literal sense of "alive" or "not dead", for which citations can be found in the Oxford English Dictionary. Stoker's use of the term refers only to vampires, and the extension to other types of supernatural beings arose later. Most commonly, it is now taken to refer to supernatural beings which had at one time been alive and continue to display some aspects of life after death, but the usage is highly variable.
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