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[uhn-ded] /ˌʌnˈdɛd/
no longer alive but animated by a supernatural force, as a vampire or zombie.
(used with a plural verb) undead beings collectively (usually preceded by the).
Origin of undead
1895-1900 Unabridged
Based on the Random House Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2015.
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Examples from the web for undead
  • Ya, religious people aren't crazy enough to believe in spirits and the undead walking among us.
  • He is a true undead, such as he will be actually physically possible to construct, which is debatable.
  • Despite legends and ancient folklore, undead physiology has been proven to possess no powers of regeneration.
  • Although its meaning has changed slightly over the years, it refers to a human corpse mysteriously reanimated to serve the undead.
  • Falling from a tree stand into the gaping maw of a zombie can make you undead.
  • Their undead are now menacing, now romantic, and always fun to watch.
British Dictionary definitions for undead


  1. (of a fictional being, such as a vampire) technically dead but reanimated
  2. (as collective noun; preceded by the): the undead
Collins English Dictionary - Complete & Unabridged 2012 Digital Edition
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Word Origin and History for undead

"neither dead nor alive," c.1400, from un- (1) "not" + dead. As a noun meaning "vampires and such," from 1904.

Online Etymology Dictionary, © 2010 Douglas Harper
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