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undead

[uhn-ded] /ˌʌnˈdɛd/
adjective
1.
no longer alive but animated by a supernatural force, as a vampire or zombie.
noun
2.
(used with a plural verb) undead beings collectively (usually preceded by the).
Origin of undead
1895-1900
1895-1900
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  • At the doleful, soothing sound the undead halted in their tracks; halted—and melted into nothingness before his eyes!

    Isle of the Undead Lloyd Arthur Eshbach
  • They seemed to watch her with the awful patience of the undead.

    Shadows in the Moonlight Robert E. Howard
  • She reached the first of the undead, and Cliff saw light glint on a knife-blade.

    Isle of the Undead Lloyd Arthur Eshbach
  • Give them outsized, bat-adorned tools and get them to play at construction activity in thumpy, undead pantomime.

  • Usually some of our captives live from full moon to full moon before they become like those of the galley—the undead.

    Isle of the Undead Lloyd Arthur Eshbach
British Dictionary definitions for undead

undead

/ʌnˈdɛd/
adjective
1.
  1. (of a fictional being, such as a vampire) technically dead but reanimated
  2. (as collective noun; preceded by the): the undead
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Word Origin and History for undead
adj.

"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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