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un- +‎ dead. The first attestation is from around 1400. Usage as a noun is attested from the early 20th century onwards.


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undead (not comparable)

  1. Pertaining to a corpse, though having qualities of life.
  2. (horror fiction) Being animate, though non-living.


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undead pl (plural only)

  1. (with "the") Those creatures which are dead yet still moving.
    In the zombie movie, an army of the undead accosted some nubile skinny-dipping teenagers.

undead (plural undeads)

  1. The creature which is dead yet still moving.
    • 1983, Tanith Lee}, The Wars of Vis
      "You will do me a service," the undead said to him.
    • 1997, Carol Margaret Davison, Paul Simpson-Housley, Bram Stoker's Dracula: sucking through the century, 1897-1997
      Innocent VIII lent credibility to the actual existence of undeads, an action that perpetuated, and even stimulated, vampire hysteria.


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