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Definition of Nightmare

Nightmare

  1. A fiend or incubus formerly supposed to cause trouble in sleep.
  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.
  3. Hence, any overwhelming, oppressive, or stupefying influence.

Nightmare Quotations

Teamwork makes the dream work, but a vision becomes a nightmare when the leader has a big dream and a bad team.
John C. Maxwell

I always wished for this, but it's almost turning into more of a nightmare than a dream.
Eminem

The fairytale has turned into a nightmare.
Ian Thorpe

The moral angle to the foreclosure crisis - and, of course, in capitalism we're not supposed to be concerned with the moral stuff, but let's mention it anyway - shows a culture that is slowly giving in to a futuristic nightmare ideology of computerized greed and unchecked financial violence.
Matt Taibbi

If I didn't mould my reality then I'd still be in the ghetto where people like me are supposed to stay. You have to dream your way out of the nightmare.
will.i.am
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Nightmare Translations

nightmare in Dutch is angstdroom, nachtduivel, incubus
nightmare in French is cauchemar
nightmare in German is Alptraum {m}
nightmare in Spanish is pesadilla