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Examples of nightmare in a Sentence
Mommy, I had a really scary nightmare.
The party was a complete nightmare.
Recent Examples of nightmare from the Web
The filter may be different, but the experience is a familiar one — the teens and early 20s can be a confusing nightmare of a journey, rife with dramatic and comedic material.
What happened, according to police and court documents, is every parent's worst nightmare.
Junior forward Delaney Couture was a nightmare on the attack, firing bullet after bullet on net that Elmore managed without allowing many rebounds.
These are the worst nightmares of bubble teams everywhere: Teams from mid-major conferences who would not earn at-large bids to the NCAA Tournament but win their conference tournament to steal a spot from somewhere else.
In 2012, the deaths of Lulu and Leo Krim gripped New York: For a city of working parents, Ortega’s act was the ultimate nightmare.
Public transit options are sparse and inadequate, and driving in the Tampa area is a Kafkaesque nightmare certain to turn anyone who does actually make it to a Rays game by car into a hysterical maniac incapable of enjoying baseball in person.
Half of the ballroom gleamed ivory, silver and gray while the other half was a exquisite nightmare in ebony, obsidian and onyx.
This act of pure evil is a parent's worst nightmare.
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Did You Know?
Looking at nightmare, you might guess that it is a compound formed from night and mare. If so, your guess is correct. But while the night in nightmare makes sense, the mare part is less obvious. Most English speakers know mare as a word for a female horse or similar equine animal, but the mare of nightmare is a different word, an obsolete one referring to an evil spirit that was once thought to produce feelings of suffocation in people while they slept. By the 14th century the mare was also known as a nightmare, and by the late 16th century nightmare was also being applied to the feelings of distress caused by the spirit, and then to frightening or unpleasant dreams.
NIGHTMARE Defined for English Language Learners
Definition of nightmare for English Language Learners
: a dream that frightens a sleeping person : a very bad dream
: a very bad or frightening experience or situation
NIGHTMARE Defined for Kids
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