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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
Thousands of people who drive into downtown Fort Worth each day know that road construction has made their commute a nightmare for months.
From storybook effort to near nightmare, the Crescenta Valley High football team endured plenty in Thursday evening’s season opener at the KSA Events Kickoff Classic at ESPN’s Wide World of Sports Complex in Orlando, Fla.
While the other technologies mentioned above cut down on sulfur dioxide and coal ash (which are important), CCS is meant to handle the big environmental nightmare, the heat-trapping gas largely responsible for global warming, carbon dioxide (CO2).
Hopefully the bath bombs just make for cozy relaxation, and don't actually give you an Nightmare On Elm Street-esque experience.
Much of the strongman's life and thinking remains shrouded in secrecy but one thing is clear: his aggressive rhetoric and regular missile tests are becoming a nightmare for the international community.
If this sounds the vacation of your dreams (or nightmares), call (775) 482-5920 to make a reservation.
Several National Review contributors have called for criminal-justice reform, with a particular focus on unduly harsh sentences for nonviolent offenders and the nightmare of civil-asset forfeiture without due process.
This latter case is the nightmare scenario for astrobiologists.
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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
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
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