The main difference between Demon and Vampire is that the Demon is a paranormal, often malevolent being prevalent in religion, occultism, mythology, and folklore and Vampire is a mythological or folkloric creature (for vampires from a work of fiction see Q30061417)
A demon (from Koine Greek δαιμόνιον daimónion) is a supernatural and often malevolent being prevalent in religion, occultism, literature, fiction, mythology and folklore.
The original Greek word daimon does not carry such negative connotations. The Ancient Greek word δαίμων daimōn denotes a spirit or divine power, much like the Latin genius or numen. The Greek conception of a daimōn notably appears in the works of Plato, where it describes the divine inspiration of Socrates.
However, in Ancient Near Eastern religions as well as in the Abrahamic traditions, including ancient and medieval Christian demonology, a demon is considered a harmful spiritual entity which may cause demonic possession, calling for an exorcism.
In Western occultism and Renaissance magic, which grew out of an amalgamation of Greco-Roman magic, Jewish Aggadah and Christian demonology, a demon is believed to be a spiritual entity that may be conjured and controlled.
A vampire is a being from folklore that subsists by feeding on the vital force (generally in the form of blood) of the living. In European folklore, vampires were undead beings that often visited loved ones and caused mischief or deaths in the neighbourhoods they inhabited when they were alive. They wore shrouds and were often described as bloated and of ruddy or dark countenance, markedly different from today’s gaunt, pale vampire which dates from the early 19th century.
Vampiric entities have been recorded in most cultures; the term vampire was popularised in Western Europe after reports of an 18th century mass hysteria of a pre-existing folk belief in the Balkans and Eastern Europe that in some cases resulted in corpses being staked and people being accused of vampirism. Local variants in Eastern Europe were also known by different names, such as shtriga in Albania, vrykolakas in Greece and strigoi in Romania.
In modern times, the vampire is generally held to be a fictitious entity, although belief in similar vampiric creatures such as the chupacabra still persists in some cultures. Early folk belief in vampires has sometimes been ascribed to the ignorance of the body’s process of decomposition after death and how people in pre-industrial societies tried to rationalise this, creating the figure of the vampire to explain the mysteries of death. Porphyria was linked with legends of vampirism in 1985 and received much media exposure, but has since been largely discredited.The charismatic and sophisticated vampire of modern fiction was born in 1819 with the publication of “The Vampyre” by John Polidori; the story was highly successful and arguably the most influential vampire work of the early 19th century. Bram Stoker’s 1897 novel Dracula is remembered as the quintessential vampire novel and provided the basis of the modern vampire legend, even though it was published after Joseph Sheridan Le Fanu’s 1872 novel Carmilla. The success of this book spawned a distinctive vampire genre, still popular in the 21st century, with books, films, television shows, and video games. The vampire has since become a dominant figure in the horror genre.
An evil supernatural spirit.
An evil spirit resident in or working for Hell; a devil. from 10th c.
A false god or idol; a Satanic divinity. from 10th c.
A very wicked or malevolent person; also in weakened sense a mischievous person, especially a child. from 16th c.
A source (especially personified) of great evil or wickedness; a destructive feeling or character flaw. from 17th c.
“The demon of stupidity haunts me whenever I open my mouth.”
A neutral supernatural spirit.
A person’s anxieties. from 19th c.
A person’s inner spirit or genius; a guiding or creative impulse. from 14th c.
A tutelary deity or spirit intermediate between the major Olympian gods and mankind, especially a deified hero or the entity which supposedly guided Socrates, telling him what not to do. from 16th c.
A spirit not considered to be inherently evil; a (non-Christian) deity or supernatural being. from 19th c.
Someone with great strength, passion or skill for a particular activity, pursuit etc.; an enthusiast. from 19th c.
“He’s a demon at the card tables.”
A form of patience (known as Canfield in the US). from 19th c.
A mythological undead creature said to feed on the blood of the living. from earlier 18th c.
A person with the medical condition Systemic lupus erythematosus, colloquially known as vampirism, with effects such as photosensitivity and brownish-red stained teeth.
A blood-sucking bat; vampire bat (Desmodus rotundus) from later 18th c.
A person who drains one’s time, energy, money, etc.
To drain of energy or resources.