Word of the Day: Nightmare


night-mare / nītmâr


1. a bad dream that produces feelings of terror or distress

Just because you have a nightmare doesn’t mean you stop dreaming.

Jill Scott, 1972 – 

2. something that produces a feeling of fear or distress

Vision with action is a daydream; action without vision is a nightmare.

Japanese Proverb

3. an evil spirit that was thought to suffocate or cause suffering in sleeping people

Holed stones were often hung on bed-posts to deter demons, including the Night-Hag, the nightmare, or a succubus.

“The Folkore of the Night Mare”, Eric Edwards, 1944 – 2017, ericwedwards.wordpress.com/2013/10/16/the-folkore-of-the-nightmare, accessed October 26, 2023