enfant terrible


en·fant ter·ri·ble

noun \äⁿ-fäⁿ-te-ˈrēblə\

: a young and successful person who is sometimes shocking and does things in a way that is very different from normal

plural enfants terribles \same\

Full Definition of ENFANT TERRIBLE

1
a :  a child whose inopportune remarks cause embarrassment
b :  a person known for shocking remarks or outrageous behavior
2
:  a usually young and successful person who is strikingly unorthodox, innovative, or avant-garde

Examples of ENFANT TERRIBLE

  1. <an author who reveled in his role as the enfant terrible of American letters>

Origin of ENFANT TERRIBLE

French, literally, terrifying child
First Known Use: 1851

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