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The dread of French domination seems to have haunted him like a nightmare.

The dread of poverty is a nightmare; it wears one's life threadbare.

What was it—madness, a nightmare, or a trap into which he had been decoyed with fiendish artfulness?

For there is nothing so delightful as a nightmare—when you know it is a nightmare.

So a nightmare of thought teemed through his brain as he rode.

Their animation was almost like the animation of a nightmare.

A dream had succeeded the nightmare, a fairy tale of a dream.

The insurgents seemed to have vanished in the darkness like a nightmare.

Was the hateful thing, the dreaded thing, merely a nightmare after all?

She only thought of Laurent when awakened with a start by nightmare.

WORD ORIGIN

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.

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