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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.
ThesaurusAntonymsRelated WordsSynonymsLegend:
Adj.1.nightmarish - extremely alarming
alarming - frightening because of an awareness of danger

nightmarish

adjective terrifying, frightening, disturbing, appalling, horrible, horrific, ghastly, hideous, harrowing, frightful She described a nightmarish scene of dead bodies lying in the streets.
Translations
كابوسي، كالكابوس
děsivýjako ve zlém snu
mareridtsagtig
lidérces
martraîarkenndur

nightmarish

[ˈnaɪtmɛərɪʃ] ADJde pesadilla, espeluznante

nightmarish

adjgrauenhaft, albtraumhaft, alptraumhaft

nightmarish

[ˈnaɪtˌmɛərɪʃ] adjda incubo

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.
References in classic literature ?
But I gave it up, and crawled into my bunk instead, boots and hat on, all standing (it did not matter; everything was soaking wet, a heavy sea having burst the poop skylights the night before), to remain in a nightmarish state between waking and sleeping for a couple of hours of so-called rest.
Again for a time Mrs Verloc heard nothing but murmurs, whose mysteriousness was less nightmarish to her brain than the horrible suggestions of shaped words.
Its interest in his surroundings remained of a hazy and nightmarish kind for many days together.
You know, Fyne," I said, "a man in jail seems to me such an incredible, cruel, nightmarish sort of thing that I can hardly believe in his existence.
The next time a hurricane forces Gulf Coast residents to flee, state officials say such a nightmarish scenario is less likely to occur.
This is an absolutely nightmarish tour for any team coming over here - if England or France came over here they wouldn't enjoy this tour.
Maddy finds herself in a nightmarish situation after reading a bedtime story to a neighbour's son, while her ex-husband asks Jim to be his best man-with disastrous results.
In a nightmarish future (they're always nightmarish) mercenary Toorop (Vin) has to escort Aurora (Melanie Thierry) from Russia to New York City.
There are also interesting tides and the conditions will be nightmarish.
at his five-year-old daughter as she took part in a Thai kickboxing fight was nightmarish.
The Local Government Ombudsman said Manchester City Council was guilty of an "abuse of power of nightmarish proportions".
They eventually discover their friend's nightmarish final destination.