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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
Finally, the Department of Transportation may be bringing our long emotional support animal nightmare to an end.
Better Angels was launched in 2016 with the aim of awakening America’s citizenry from its partisan nightmare.
In your worst nightmares, how does your flirting go wrong?
Hal was just a kid at the time, but his mother (who sounds like a true nightmare) forced him to convince a young Svenson not to reveal the truth about who killed the Conways.
This is especially significant given the moment Arnold tells Dolores about his water-themed nightmare at the beginning of the episode.
The American Dream can sometimes feel like a nightmare.
The combination of all the testosterone and alcohol starts to get out of hand, and Tyler’s precarious situation starts to feel like a nightmare.
Even in his worst nightmare, Tom Mauser would never have dreamed what happened on April 20, 1999, at Columbine High School in Littleton, Colorado.
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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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