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Meaning of NIGHTMARE

Pronunciation:  'nItmehr

WordNet Dictionary
  1. [n]  a terrifying or deeply upsetting dream
  2. [n]  a situation resembling a terrifying dream

NIGHTMARE is a 9 letter word that starts with N.


 Synonyms: incubus
 See Also: dream, dreaming, situation, state of affairs



Webster's 1913 Dictionary
\Night"mare`\, n. [Night + mare incubus. See {Mare}
1. A fiend or incubus formerly supposed to cause trouble in

2. A condition in sleep usually caused by improper eating or
   by digestive or nervous troubles, and characterized by a
   sense of extreme uneasiness or discomfort (as of weight on
   the chest or stomach, impossibility of motion or speech,
   etc.), or by frightful or oppressive dreams, from which
   one wakes after extreme anxiety, in a troubled state of
   mind; incubus. --Dunglison.

3. Hence, any overwhelming, oppressive, or stupefying

Dream Dictionary
 Definition: Dreaming that you are having a nightmare indicates failure in business, disappointments, or decline in health. You may have been indulgent in things and need to cut back on such activities. Allow the mind and body to rest and heal.
Thesaurus Terms
 Related Terms: bad dream, bogey, bogeyman, brown study, bugaboo, bugbear, clawing, cruciation, crucifixion, daydream, Dracula, dream, fantasy, fee-faw-fum, Frankenstein, frightener, ghost, ghoul, hell, hell upon earth, hobgoblin, holocaust, holy terror, horror, incubus, laceration, lancination, martyrdom, monster, ogre, ogress, passion, persecution, phantom, pipe dream, purgatory, rack, revenant, reverie, scarebabe, scarecrow, scarer, specter, succubus, terror, torment, torture, vampire, vision, werewolf, Wolf-man