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Meaning of "nightmare" in the English dictionary

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ETYMOLOGY OF THE WORD NIGHTMARE

(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.
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PRONUNCIATION OF NIGHTMARE

nightmare  [ˈnaɪtˌmɛə] play
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GRAMMATICAL CATEGORY OF NIGHTMARE

noun
adjective
verb
adverb
pronoun
preposition
conjunction
determiner
exclamation
Nightmare is a noun.
A noun is a type of word the meaning of which determines reality. Nouns provide the names for all things: people, objects, sensations, feelings, etc.

WHAT DOES NIGHTMARE MEAN IN ENGLISH?

nightmare

Nightmare

A nightmare is an unpleasant dream that can cause a strong emotional response from the mind, typically fear or horror but also despair, anxiety and great sadness. The dream may contain situations of danger, discomfort, psychological or physical terror. Sufferers often awaken in a state of distress and may be unable to return to sleep for a prolonged period. Nightmares can have physical causes such as sleeping in an uncomfortable or awkward position, having a fever, or psychological causes such as stress, anxiety, and as a side effect of various drugs. Eating before going to sleep, which triggers an increase in the body's metabolism and brain activity, is a potential stimulus for nightmares. Recurrent nightmares may require medical help, as they can interfere with sleeping patterns and cause insomnia.

Definition of nightmare in the English dictionary

The first definition of nightmare in the dictionary is a terrifying or deeply distressing dream. Other definition of nightmare is an event or condition resembling a terrifying dream. Nightmare is also a thing that is feared.

WORDS THAT RHYME WITH NIGHTMARE


Khmer
kmɛə
mare
mɛə
mayor
mɛə
Weston-super-Mare
ˈwɛstənˌsuːpəˈmɛə

WORDS THAT BEGIN LIKE NIGHTMARE

nightie
nighties
nightingale
Nightingale ward
nightjar
nightless
nightlife
nightlike
nightlong
nightly
nightmare scenario
nightmarish
nightmarishly
nightmarishness
nightmary
nightpiece
nightrider
nightriding
nights
nightscope

WORDS THAT END LIKE NIGHTMARE

are
aware
brood mare
care
childcare
compare
daymare
fare
flying mare
hardware
health care
malware
on the square
prepare
rare
shanks´s mare
share
software
square
stud mare

Synonyms and antonyms of nightmare in the English dictionary of synonyms

SYNONYMS

SYNONYMS OF «NIGHTMARE»

The following words have a similar or identical meaning as «nightmare» and belong to the same grammatical category.
synonyms of nightmare

Translation of «nightmare» into 25 languages

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TRANSLATION OF NIGHTMARE

Find out the translation of nightmare to 25 languages with our English multilingual translator.
The translations of nightmare from English to other languages presented in this section have been obtained through automatic statistical translation; where the essential translation unit is the word «nightmare» in English.

Translator English - Chinese

噩梦
1,325 millions of speakers

Translator English - Spanish

pesadilla
570 millions of speakers

English

nightmare
510 millions of speakers

Translator English - Hindi

बुरा सपना
380 millions of speakers
ar

Translator English - Arabic

كَابُوسٌ
280 millions of speakers

Translator English - Russian

кошмарный сон
278 millions of speakers

Translator English - Portuguese

pesadelo
270 millions of speakers

Translator English - Bengali

দুঃস্বপ্ন
260 millions of speakers

Translator English - French

cauchemar
220 millions of speakers

Translator English - Malay

Mimpi ngeri
190 millions of speakers

Translator English - German

Alptraum
180 millions of speakers

Translator English - Japanese

悪夢
130 millions of speakers

Translator English - Korean

악몽
85 millions of speakers

Translator English - Javanese

Ngipi elek
85 millions of speakers
vi

Translator English - Vietnamese

cơn ác mộng
80 millions of speakers

Translator English - Tamil

கனவு
75 millions of speakers

Translator English - Marathi

दुःस्वप्न
75 millions of speakers

Translator English - Turkish

kâbus
70 millions of speakers

Translator English - Italian

incubo
65 millions of speakers

Translator English - Polish

koszmar
50 millions of speakers

Translator English - Ukrainian

кошмар
40 millions of speakers

Translator English - Romanian

coșmar
30 millions of speakers
el

Translator English - Greek

εφιάλτης
15 millions of speakers
af

Translator English - Afrikaans

nagmerrie
14 millions of speakers
sv

Translator English - Swedish

mardröm
10 millions of speakers
no

Translator English - Norwegian

mareritt
5 millions of speakers

Trends of use of nightmare

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TENDENCIES OF USE OF THE TERM «NIGHTMARE»

The term «nightmare» is very widely used and occupies the 10.093 position in our list of most widely used terms in the English dictionary.
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FREQUENCY OF USE OF THE TERM «NIGHTMARE» OVER TIME

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Examples of use in the English literature, quotes and news about nightmare

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10 QUOTES WITH «NIGHTMARE»

Famous quotes and sentences with the word nightmare.
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Francesca Annis
I think you live a fuller life with someone else, you know, you're firing on all cylinders. It can be a nightmare at times, we all know that, but nevertheless in the end I think to have someone else's input on anything - a book, a meal, your children, life, a walk - is fantastic.
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Jonas Armstrong
When I was 14, I almost had a big green leprechaun tattooed on my forearm. Thank God I didn't - it would have been a nightmare to cover up as an actor. I went with a group of mates and, being Irish, thought a leprechaun would be perfect.
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Paddy Ashdown
Bosnia is under my skin. It's the place you cannot leave behind. I was obsessed by the nightmare of it all; there was this sense of guilt, and an anger that has become something much deeper over these last years.
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Charles Baudelaire
We are weighed down, every moment, by the conception and the sensation of Time. And there are but two means of escaping and forgetting this nightmare: pleasure and work. Pleasure consumes us. Work strengthens us. Let us choose.
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Emma Caulfield
I think my worst nightmare is standing up in front of a group of people.
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Sam Childers
Because the nights bring the threat of invasion and terror to the villages, thousands of children in northern Uganda have become night commuters, leaving the nightmare of capture behind for the safety of the city.
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Eldridge Cleaver
I feel that I am a citizen of the American dream and that the revolutionary struggle of which I am a part is a struggle against the American nightmare.
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Dane Cook
My professional dreams were coming true while I was living a personal nightmare.
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Nicholas D'Agosto
You know that thing when you're not asleep but you're not awake, and you can't move your body? I had that kind of nightmare, and I felt like all my teeth were crumbling in my mouth. Now I have this fear of all my teeth being knocked out of my mouth somehow!
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Mahmoud Darwish
A person can only be born in one place. However, he may die several times elsewhere: in the exiles and prisons, and in a homeland transformed by the occupation and oppression into a nightmare.

10 ENGLISH BOOKS RELATING TO «NIGHTMARE»

Discover the use of nightmare in the following bibliographical selection. Books relating to nightmare and brief extracts from same to provide context of its use in English literature.
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Nightmare
With the help of two new friends, Emily discovers that her nightmare is not just in her head. Someone at Camp Excel has a secret—and will do anything, even murder, to keep Emily from uncovering the truth. From the Hardcover edition.
Joan Lowery Nixon, 2007
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The Nightmare Affair
The Nightmare Affair is the first in a gripping new urban fantasy trilogy by Mindee Arnett.
Mindee Arnett, 2013
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Nightmare at the Book Fair
When fifth-grader Trip Kindleman, who does not like to read very much, is hit on the head by a heavy box and becomes a character in a series of different books--from a sports story to a science fiction novel to an adventure tale--his view ...
Dan Gutman, 2008
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Nightmare: From Literary Experiments to Cultural Project
An analysis of the novels of Maturin, Gogol, Dostoevsky, Mann, Lovecraft and Pelevin through the prism of their interest in investigating the nature of the nightmare reveals the unstudied features of the nightmare as a mental state and ...
Dina Khapaeva, Rosie Tweddle, 2012
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The Air-conditioned Nightmare
Presents the contemporary writer's vision of American life, gleaned from his travels throughout the country during the early 1940's
Henry Miller, 1970
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Nicholas St. North and the Battle of the Nightmare King
Nicholas St. North, a daredevil swordsman seeking treasure in the fiercely guarded village of Santoff Claussen finds, instead, the great wizard Ombric Shalazar and a battle against the Nightmare King and his evil Fearlings--a battle ...
Laura Geringer, 2011
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Nightmare
With shades of an erotic Jack the Ripper, Nightmare is the story of an African physician, set against the backdrop of race relations in the UK in the '50s.
Marcus Van Heller, John Stevenson, 2005
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Nightmare Japan: Contemporary Japanese Horror Cinema
Over the last two decades, Japanese filmmakers have produced some of the most important and innovative works of cinematic horror.
Jay McRoy, 2008
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Gringo Nightmare: A Young American Framed for Murder in ...
A story that made national and international headlines, this is the first and only book to tell Eric’s absorbing, moving account in his own words.
Eric Volz, 2010
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Nightmare
In a clinic for women suffering from multiple personality disorders, one by one the patients turn up hideously mutilated, the victims of their own alternate personas. Original.
S. K. Epperson, 1993

10 NEWS ITEMS WHICH INCLUDE THE TERM «NIGHTMARE»

Find out what the national and international press are talking about and how the term nightmare is used in the context of the following news items.
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GOP's nightmare: An Independent Donald Trump
That's a potential nightmare scenario for the GOP establishment: a populist outsider with unlimited resources attacking their nominee from the ... «CNN, Jul 15»
2
Apple Music "is a nightmare"
…adding music to my library is nothing short of a mind-blowing exercise in frustration. I started to notice that whenever I added an album to my ... «Boing Boing, Jul 15»
3
A Nightmare on Elm Street toaster? The worst movie merchandise
Misjudged movie tie-ins tend to fall into three categories. There is the blatantly shoddy, where a logo or title is attached to a product ... «The Guardian, Jul 15»
4
The looming economic nightmare for the tri-state area
If there's a lesson to draw from the financial disasters in Greece, Puerto Rico and Chicago, it's this: When governments take on too much debt ... «New York Post, Jul 15»
5
Eminent domain turns dream into nightmare
(Philadelphia Inquirer) The white teddy bear was left behind by a previous occupant in the rowhouse that Glenn Mancini started to renovate last ... «WND.com, Jul 15»
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SlapTV's Brush Your Teeth Is a Complete Dental Nightmare
The premise is simple: Tweet your most horrifying nightmare, and they'll consider transforming it into a full-blown horror short. Since a lot of ... «Dread Central, Jul 15»
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Our Nightmare Is Over: Betty Crocker Rainbow Chip Frosting Is Back …
If you're a food company and there's a Facebook group where more than 16,000 people ask you to bring back a discontinued product, you ... «The Consumerist, Jul 15»
8
Deception IV: The Nightmare Princess review – evil is good
One of Japan's oddest franchises comes to the PlayStation 4, and tries to prove that playing the bad guy (or gal) is always more fun. There are ... «Metro, Jul 15»
9
Watch David Lynch's Three-Minute Nightmare 'The Alphabet'
If Sesame Street took a quick detour through Hell, the result might look like David Lynch's 1968 short film The Alphabet. The surreal ... «Yahoo News, Jul 15»
10
Asmir Begovic suffers nightmare Chelsea debut - but was he to …
The true cost of selling Petr Cech may have been hinted at last night with Thibaut Courtois' new understudy conceding four goals on his ... «The Independent, Jul 15»

REFERENCE
« EDUCALINGO. Nightmare [online]. Available <https://educalingo.com/en/dic-en/nightmare>. May 2020 ».
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