- nightingale, florence,
Origin of nightmare
Examples from the Web for nightmare
You know, I feel the same way about that that I do about The Nightmare Before Christmas.Tim Burton Talks ‘Big Eyes,’ His Taste For the Macabre, and the ‘Beetlejuice’ Sequel|Marlow Stern|December 17, 2014|DAILY BEAST
His lone stable was a girl from Newport News, Virginia, who had already escaped one nightmare.
“We challenge Mr. Cosby to end this nightmare,” proclaimed Gloria Allred.Two New Bill Cosby Accusers Come Forward: ‘We Challenge Mr. Cosby to End This Nightmare’|Marlow Stern|December 3, 2014|DAILY BEAST
Being buried alive is a nightmare that ranks alongside masked chainsaw-wielding madmen and enormous tarantulas.
If Bush-Portman is the Republican nightmare ticket for Democrats, however, they may be spared.Hillary Adviser: Bush-Portman Ticket Could Doom Dems in 2016|David Freedlander|November 21, 2014|DAILY BEAST
A nightmare is not always a sense of oppression on the chest only; it may be an overpowering dread of something you dream you see.Cecilia de Nol|Lanoe Falconer
The memory of an illness is very much like the memory of a nightmare.Notes on My Books|Joseph Conrad
Clara had a nightmare, and came near choking to death on Mr. Brewer's plaster—the locket, you know.Seeing France with Uncle John|Anne Warner
Her nightmare was the thought of her father's horror and grief.Saint's Progress|John Galsworthy
All this is, of course, the origin of the common superstition of the nightmare.Demonology and Devil-lore|Moncure Daniel Conway
- an event or condition resembling a terrifying dreamthe nightmare of shipwreck
- (as modifier)a nightmare drive
Word Origin for nightmare
late 13c., "an evil female spirit afflicting sleepers with a feeling of suffocation," compounded from night + mare (3) "goblin that causes nightmares, incubus." Meaning shifted mid-16c. from the incubus to the suffocating sensation it causes. Sense of "any bad dream" first recorded 1829; that of "very distressing experience" is from 1831. Cognate with Middle Dutch nachtmare, German Nachtmahr.