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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
Oh Why For single people, Thanksgiving can be a nightmare of prying questions and not-so-subtle scolding looks.
As a compact study of wartime guilt, the film has the look and feel of a waking nightmare.
This nightmare became a horrifying reality for an Indiana couple who rented a room in Longboat, Fla., using Airbnb.
Swift and senseless loss — stop this triggering nightmare.
My prayers go out to those whose lives were taken and to everyone else affected by this nightmare.
Making sure my department is staffed is a nightmare.
Chicago rapper Joseph Chilliams is one of the tens of millions of Americans for whom the night of November 8, 2016, was a nightmare.
These last few weeks have been a nightmare in that regard, but guess what, America?
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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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