1: the reanimated body of a dead person believed to come from the grave at night and suck the blood of persons asleep
2 a: one who lives by preying on others b: a woman who exploits and ruins her lover
3: vampire bat
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as we can see, the word is used for many things. I believe firmly that people like me, who feed on others in a literal sense, are the ones who were originally given this name