night-mare / nīt–mâr
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.
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