Writing a short story and the word 'vampiric' found its way on the screen, describing a medical blood-taking device. Word [of course] pitched a fit and I can... sort of... find some evidence that it is a 'real' word, but I'm not sure if it is indeed legitimate enough to use.

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    It's a real word. Try "vamperial," though, see if Word crashes altogether. – Ricky Nov 19 '15 at 7:15
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    @Ricky "Vamperial" would be an entertaining portmanteau for a bloodsucking emperor, though... – Lauren-Clear-Monica-Ipsum Nov 19 '15 at 11:06
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    @LaurenIpsum: Not merely entertaining, but stylish as well. – Ricky Nov 19 '15 at 11:27
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    There are not illegitimate words. Only illegitimate authors who make up bad words. :) Like that shakespeare dude. – raddevus Nov 19 '15 at 20:24

Yes, "vampiric" is a legitimate word.

If you don't own a dictionary, you can visit Dictionary.com to research words and usage.

  • I did that but as I said - the information was vague to that usage specifically. – NKCampbell Nov 19 '15 at 16:00
  • Sorry, I misunderstood your question. It looks like you're asking if it's a real word (it is) and whether it's legitimate enough to use (it is). If you're asking whether it can be used to describe a medical device, I imagine readers will understand what you mean by it in that context. – Ken Mohnkern Nov 19 '15 at 17:59
  • no worries - my question may have been equally vague :) – NKCampbell Nov 19 '15 at 18:16

In English, all words are legitimate. The only criteria is acceptance. French is a different matter all together. But, who cares about French?

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