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nightmare

night·mare

nightmare

 
 
pronunciation:
naIt meIr
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part of speech: noun
definition 1: a terrifying or distressing dream.
She woke up from a terrible nightmare in which she was being buried alive.
synonyms:
incubus
similar words:
dream
definition 2: an experience, event, or state of mind suggestive of a terrible dream.
The trip was a nightmare, beginning with the car being broken into on the first night.The exam was a nightmare, and he knew there was little chance of his passing.
synonyms:
ordeal
similar words:
horror, terror, torture
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derivation: nightmarish (adj.)
Word History
Nightmare comes from two early English words that together mean "night goblin."
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