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night·mare

 (nīt′mâr′)
n.
1. A dream arousing feelings of intense fear, horror, and distress.
2. An event or experience that is intensely distressing.
3. A demon or spirit once thought to plague sleeping people.

[Middle English, a female demon that afflicts sleeping people : night, night; see night + mare, goblin (from Old English; see mer- in Indo-European roots).]

night′mar′ish adj.
night′mar′ish·ly adv.
night′mar′ish·ness n.

nightmare

(ˈnaɪtˌmɛə)
n
1. a terrifying or deeply distressing dream
2.
a. an event or condition resembling a terrifying dream: the nightmare of shipwreck.
b. (as modifier): a nightmare drive.
3. a thing that is feared
4. (European Myth & Legend) (formerly) an evil spirit supposed to harass or suffocate sleeping people
[C13 (meaning: incubus; C16: bad dream): from night + Old English mare, mære evil spirit, from Germanic; compare Old Norse mara incubus, Polish zmora, French cauchemar nightmare]
ˈnightˌmarish adj
ˈnightˌmarishly adv
ˈnightˌmarishness n

night•mare

(ˈnaɪtˌmɛər)

n.
1. a terrifying dream producing feelings of extreme fear and anxiety.
2. a condition, thought, or experience suggestive of a nightmare.
3. (formerly) a monster or evil spirit believed to oppress persons during sleep.
[1250–1300; Middle English; see night, mare2]
night′mar`ish,

adj.
ThesaurusAntonymsRelated WordsSynonymsLegend:
Noun1.nightmare - a situation resembling a terrifying dreamnightmare - a situation resembling a terrifying dream
situation - a complex or critical or unusual difficulty; "the dangerous situation developed suddenly"; "that's quite a situation"; "no human situation is simple"
2.nightmare - a terrifying or deeply upsetting dream
dream, dreaming - a series of mental images and emotions occurring during sleep; "I had a dream about you last night"

nightmare

noun
1. bad dream, hallucination, night terror Jane did not eat cheese because it gave her nightmares.
2. ordeal, trial, hell, horror, torture, torment, tribulation, purgatory, hell on earth My years in prison were a nightmare.
Translations
noční můra
mareridt
sonĝaĉo
painajainen
noćna mora
lidércnyomás
mimpi buruk
martröðmartröî
悪夢
악몽
incubus
murgi
coşmar
nočná mora
mora
mardröm
ฝันร้าย
cơn ác mộng

nightmare

[ˈnaɪtmɛəʳ]
A. N (also fig) → pesadilla f
to be sb's worst nightmareser la peor pesadilla de algn
B. CPD nightmare scenario N a hung parliament would be the nightmare scenario for the marketel peor panorama para el mercado sería un parlamento en el cual ningún partido tiene la mayoría absoluta

nightmare

[ˈnaɪtmɛər]
n
(= bad dream) → cauchemar m
to have a nightmare → faire un cauchemar
I still have nightmares about the attack
BUT Cette agression me donne encore des cauchemars.
(= unpleasant or annoying situation) → cauchemar m
It was a real nightmare! → Ça a été un vrai cauchemar!
The bus journey was a nightmare → Le trajet en bus a été un vrai cauchemar.
modif [journey] → cauchemardesque; [vision] → de cauchemar, cauchemardesquenightmare scenario nscénario m catastrophenight-night [ˌnaɪtˈnaɪt] exclbonne nuitnight out n
girls' night out → soirée f entre filles
boys' night out → soirée f entre garçonsnight owl ncouche-tard mf invnight porter ngardien m de nuitnight safe ncoffre m de nuitnight school ncours mpl du soir
to go to night school → prendre des cours du soir

nightmare

n (lit, fig)Albtraum m, → Alptraum m; to suffer from nightmaresAlbträume haben (over, about wegen); that was a nightmare of a journeydie Reise war ein Albtraum; nightmare scenarioeine Albtraum- or Schreckensvision

nightmare

[ˈnaɪtˌmɛəʳ] nincubo

night

(nait) noun
1. the period from sunset to sunrise. We sleep at night; They talked all night (long); He travelled by night and rested during the day; The days were warm and the nights were cool; (also adjective) He is doing night work.
2. the time of darkness. In the Arctic in winter, night lasts for twenty-four hours out of twenty-four.
ˈnightly adjective, adverb
every night. a nightly news programme; He goes there nightly.
ˈnight-club noun
a club open at night for drinking, dancing, entertainment etc.
ˈnightdress, ˈnightgown noun
a garment for wearing in bed.
ˈnightfall noun
the beginning of night; dusk.
ˈnightmare noun
a frightening dream. I had a nightmare about being strangled.
ˈnightmarish adjective
ˈnight-school noun
(a place providing) educational classes held in the evenings for people who are at work during the day.
ˈnight shift
1. (a period of) work during the night. He's on (the) night shift this week.
2. the people who work during this period. We met the night shift leaving the factory.
ˈnight-time noun
the time when it is night. Owls are usually seen at night-time.
ˌnight-ˈwatchman noun
a person who looks after a building etc during the night.

nightmare

كَابُوسٌ noční můra mareridt Alptraum εφιάλτης pesadilla painajainen cauchemar noćna mora incubo 悪夢 악몽 nachtmerrie mareritt koszmar pesadelo кошмарный сон mardröm ฝันร้าย karabasan cơn ác mộng 噩梦

night·mare

n. pesadilla.

nightmare

n pesadilla
References in classic literature ?
The brother and sister departed, and left Judge Pyncheon sitting in the old home of his forefathers, all by himself; so heavy and lumpish that we can liken him to nothing better than a defunct nightmare, which had perished in the midst of its wickedness, and left its flabby corpse on the breast of the tormented one, to be gotten rid of as it might!
The whole tribe of decorous personages, who had never heretofore been seen with a single hair of their heads awry, would start into public view with the disorder of a nightmare in their aspects.
The whole neighborhood abounds with local tales, haunted spots, and twilight superstitions; stars shoot and meteors glare oftener across the valley than in any other part of the country, and the nightmare, with her whole ninefold, seems to make it the favorite scene of her gambols.
My boy, said the landlord, you'll have the nightmare to a dead sartainty.
It was sickening, like a nightmare, in which suddenly something gives way beneath you, and you feel yourself sinking, sinking, down into bottomless abysses.
Cassy kept her glittering eyes fixed on Legree, as she spoke, and he stared at her like a man in the nightmare, till, when she finished by laying her hand, icy cold, on his, he sprung back, with an oath.
This nightmare occupied some ten pages of manu- script and wound up with a sermon so destructive of all hope to non-Presbyterians that it took the first prize.
The next thing I remember is, waking up with a feeling as if I had had a frightful nightmare, and seeing before me a terrible red glare, crossed with thick black bars.
The intense horror of nightmare came over me: I tried to draw back my arm, but the hand clung to it, and a most melancholy voice sobbed, 'Let me in - let me in
A light meal, Lucy, if you take my advice -- a light meal, or you will have the nightmare.
With an inconsistency as monstrous as anything in this awful nightmare, they had helped the healer, and tended the wounded man with the gentlest solicitude-- had made a litter for him and escorted him carefully from the spot-- had then caught up their weapons and plunged anew into a butchery so dreadful, that the Doctor had covered his eyes with his hands, and swooned away in the midst of it.
I have been a nightmare to myself, just now - must have had one, I think.