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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 ?
As to the cries, I was in no difficulty; since she was alone in her room these could result from nightmare only.
My next nightmare vision was a quiet street of the dead.
This was simple and clear, and yet, with cruel inconsistency, whenever he escaped from this nightmare it was to suffer and cry out at the vision of Ona starving.
There was another half-hour to wait, another half-hour of a nightmare, which might drive me mad.
He decided then that this was some sort of gruesome nightmare with which he was afflicted.
But White Fang was to have no more than a nightmare vision of the city--an experience that was like a bad dream, unreal and terrible, that haunted him for long after in his dreams.
I also had a disconnected impression of a dark face, with extraordinary eyes, close to mine; but that I thought was a nightmare, until I met it again.
It was not Napoleon alone who had experienced that nightmare feeling of the mighty arm being stricken powerless, but all the generals and soldiers of his army whether they had taken part in the battle or not, after all their experience of previous battles- when after one tenth of such efforts the enemy had fled- experienced a similar feeling of terror before an enemy who, after losing HALF his men, stood as threateningly at the end as at the beginning of the battle.
I thought this a bad dream and tried to cry out, as one does in a nightmare, but could make no sound.
But this dream weighed on her like a nightmare, and she awoke from it in terror.
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
Among all the incidents of the day, one recurred to his mind to the exclusion of the rest; although now that his self-control was regained, and he was no longer under the influence of a nightmare, he was able to think of it calmly.