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bête noire

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noun \ˌbet-ˈnwär, ˌbāt-\

Simple Definition of bête noire

  • : a person or thing that someone dislikes very much

Full Definition of bête noire

plural bêtes noires play \ˌbet-ˈnwär(z), ˌbāt-\

  1. :  a person or thing strongly detested or avoided :  bugbear

Examples of bête noire

  1. a politician who is the bête noire of liberal groups

  2. <doing my own tax return is the bête noire that haunts me every April>



Origin of bête noire

French, literally, black beast


First Known Use: 1828


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