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nightmarish

[nahyt-mair-ish] /ˈnaɪtˌmɛər ɪʃ/
adjective
1.
resembling a nightmare, especially in being terrifying, exasperating, or the like:
his nightmarish experience in a concentration camp.
Origin of nightmarish
1825-1835
1825-35; nightmare + -ish1
Related forms
nightmarishly, adverb
nightmarishness, noun
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  • Mr. Chizzy felt as though he were acting in some ghastly, nightmarish dream.

    Short Sixes H. C. Bunner
  • The words one knows so well have a nightmarish meaning in this country.

  • She felt life coursing through her veins, and remembered the past week with only a vague, nightmarish sense of oppression.

    Istar of Babylon Margaret Horton Potter
  • The situation was fantastic, nightmarish, unbelievable and undeniable.

  • I hope that I shall never, never forget, as long as I live, what a brick Jerry was through the whole of that nightmarish thing.

    Us and the Bottleman Edith Ballinger Price
Word Origin and History for nightmarish
adj.

1834, from nightmare + -ish. Related: Nightmarishly; nightmarishness.

Online Etymology Dictionary, © 2010 Douglas Harper
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