bête noire

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noun \ˌbet-ˈnwär, ˌbāt-\

Definition of bête noire

plural

bêtes noires

play \ˌbet-ˈnwär(z), ˌbāt-\
  1. :  a person or thing strongly detested or avoided :  bugbear an idiosyncratic driver whose bête noire was the left turn — Marylin Bender

Examples of bête noire in a Sentence

  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 and Etymology of bête noire

French, literally, black beast


First Known Use: 1805


BÊTE NOIRE Defined for English Language Learners

bête noire

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noun \ˌbet-ˈnwär, ˌbāt-\

Definition of bête noire for English Language Learners

  • : a person or thing that someone dislikes very much

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