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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
As Myles Garrett rumbled through the snow, down the sideline and into the end zone Sunday, the Bears’ nightmare came to life.
Matt Kryger/IndyStar The merciful end to this dreadful season will arrive just before the turn of the New Year; perhaps, then, the Indianapolis Colts can finally put the nightmare of 2017 behind them.
The real nightmare before Christmas has been found in Lisbon, Portugal.
Marazzo brings the darker nightmares in #1 to life and grounds the more mundane elements.
And a thick layer of fog rolling into Atlanta on Monday morning threatened to make the holiday travel nightmare even worse.
Adding to the nightmare are what some passengers said was a lack of information from airport officials and help from first responders to get the disabled and the elderly through the airport without the use of escalators and elevators.
The Handmaid’s Tale (Hulu) A puritanical, patriarchal government enslaves women as breeders and maids in this dystopian nightmare of an America gone wrong.
There is only one escape from the coming dystopian ad nightmare — newspapers.
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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.
Synonymsagony, Gehenna, horror, misery, murder, hell, torment, torture
Related Wordsaffliction, calvary, cross, curse, ordeal, trial, tribulation; calamity, misfortune, tragedy; gall, thorn; bummer, downer, drag
Near Antonymsdelight, diversion, entertainment, fun, joy, pleasure, recreation; lark, picnic, riot
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