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night·mare

nightmare

 
 
pronunciation:
naIt meIr
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part of speech: noun
definition 1: a frightening dream.
Alice was awakened by a terrible nightmare.
similar words:
dream
definition 2: an experience or state of mind that is like a terrible dream.
Taking the test was a nightmare.
synonyms:
ordeal
similar words:
horror, terror, torture
derivation: nightmarish (adj.)
Word History
Nightmare comes from two early English words that together mean "night goblin."
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