Creature vs Undead - What's the difference?

creature | undead |

As nouns the difference between creature and undead

is that creature is a created thing, whether animate or inanimate; a creation while undead is those creatures which are dead yet still moving.

As a adjective undead is

pertaining to a corpse, though having qualities of life.



Alternative forms



(en noun)
  • A created thing, whether animate or inanimate; a creation.
  • * 1633 , (John Donne), "Sapho to Philænis":
  • Thoughts, my mindes creatures , often are with thee, / But I, their maker, want their libertie.
  • * 1646 , (Thomas Browne), Pseudodoxia Epidemica , I.10:
  • the natural truth of God is an artificial erection of Man, and the Creator himself but a subtile invention of the Creature .
  • * {{quote-book, year=1922, author=(Ben Travers), title=(A Cuckoo in the Nest)
  • , chapter=1 citation , passage=She was like a Beardsley Salome , he had said. And indeed she had the narrow eyes and the high cheekbone of that creature , and as nearly the sinuosity as is compatible with human symmetry.}}
  • A living being; an animal or human.
  • * {{quote-magazine, date=2013-06-08, volume=407, issue=8839, page=55, magazine=(The Economist)
  • , title= Obama goes troll-hunting , passage=According to this saga of intellectual-property misanthropy, these creatures [patent trolls] roam the business world, buying up patents and then using them to demand extravagant payouts from companies they accuse of infringing them. Often, their victims pay up rather than face the costs of a legal battle.}}
  • A being subservient to or dependent upon another.
  • * 1988 , James McPherson, Battle Cry for Freedom , Oxford 2003, p. 240:
  • they, too, despite the appearance of being creatures rather than creators of the Union, could assert the prior sovereignty of their states, for each had formed a state constitution […] before petitioning Congress for admission to the Union.

    Usage notes

    * For an explanation of the specialised use of the alternative spelling ''creäture'', see . * Adjectives often applied to "creature": evil, living, little, mythical, poor, strange, beautiful, wild, rational, marine, social, legendary, good, mysterious, curious, magical, dangerous, mythological, bizarre, monstrous, unhappy, huge, lowly, ugly, happy, unique, odd, weird, demonic, divine, imaginary, hideous, fabulous, nocturnal, angelic, political.


    * See also

    Derived terms

    * creature comfort


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

    (wikipedia undead) (en-noun)
  • Those creatures which are dead yet still moving.
  • In the zombie movie, an army of the undead accosted some nubile skinny-dipping teenagers.
  • * 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.

    See also

    * zombie * vampire * mummy * living dead * Frankenstein * Frankenstein's monster