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enfant terrible

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noun en·fant ter·ri·ble \äⁿ-fäⁿ-te-ˈrēblə\

Simple Definition of enfant terrible

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

Full Definition of enfant terrible

plural enfants terribles \same\

  1. 1 a :  a child whose inopportune remarks cause embarrassment b :  a person known for shocking remarks or outrageous behavior

  2. 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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