Antonyms for nightmare
|Grammar : Noun|
|Spell : nahyt-mair|
|Phonetic Transcription : ˈnaɪtˌmɛər|
Definition of nightmareOrigin :
- 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.
- noun bad dream or experience
- The dread of French domination seems to have haunted him like a nightmare.
- Extract from : « Biographical Sketches » by Nathaniel Hawthorne
- The dread of poverty is a nightmare; it wears one's life threadbare.
- Extract from : « Thoroughbreds » by W. A. Fraser
- What was it—madness, a nightmare, or a trap into which he had been decoyed with fiendish artfulness?
- Extract from : « The Secret Agent » by Joseph Conrad
- For there is nothing so delightful as a nightmare—when you know it is a nightmare.
- Extract from : « Alarms and Discursions » by G. K. Chesterton
- So a nightmare of thought teemed through his brain as he rode.
- Extract from : « The Law-Breakers » by Ridgwell Cullum
- Their animation was almost like the animation of a nightmare.
- Extract from : « A Spirit in Prison » by Robert Hichens
- A dream had succeeded the nightmare, a fairy tale of a dream.
- Extract from : « The Innocent Adventuress » by Mary Hastings Bradley
- The insurgents seemed to have vanished in the darkness like a nightmare.
- Extract from : « The Fortune of the Rougons » by Emile Zola
- Was the hateful thing, the dreaded thing, merely a nightmare after all?
- Extract from : « Fruitfulness » by Emile Zola
- She only thought of Laurent when awakened with a start by nightmare.
- Extract from : « Therese Raquin » by Emile Zola
Synonyms for nightmare
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