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bête noire

noun \ˌbet-ˈnwär, ˌbāt-\

: a person or thing that someone dislikes very much

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

Full Definition of BÊTE NOIRE

:  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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