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Examples of enfant terrible in a Sentence
an author who reveled in his role as the enfant terrible of American letters
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Aficianados of extremist journalism will recognize the name of Hahn, the whose wild and incredibly lengthy tirades on immigration issues at Breitbart made her an enfant terrible nearly as prominent as Miller himself.
Sometime in the mid-1940s, Hollywood enfant terrible Orson Welles discovered an old cabin while exploring the Big Sur coast with his pal, the actor Joseph Cotten.
In 2007, Prefontaine moved to Seattle to create Slayer Espresso, the all-American enfant terrible of the coffee world, known for its big-impact designs and even bigger-impact price tags.
The manager was already shaping up to be English football's latest enfant terrible, a precocious talent with an insatiable hunger for success on his own terms.
The plot’s aristocratic pedigree was both celebrated and upended by horticulture’s enfant terrible, Christopher Lloyd, who was born in the house in 1921 and died in 2006.
Alexander McQueen, fashion’s incorrigible enfant terrible, presented his Dante collection in London at Christ Church Spitalfields; its encore in New York was at the Angel Orensanz Center, a former synagogue.
Martin Shkreli burst on the scene as an enfant terrible, a securities savant who was working on Wall Street at 17, set up his own hedge fund at 23, and launched the biotech company Retrophin Inc. after teaching himself biology.
The premise here is that Borg labored to bury those feelings (there are flashbacks to his past as an enfant terrible), with the help and tutelage of his coach, Lennart Bergelin (Stellan Skarsgard).
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Did You Know?
Enfant terrible, which literally means "terrifying child" in French, sounds like something that might be uttered by a frazzled babysitter. Indeed, when English speakers first borrowed the term in the mid-19th century, it was used in reference to children - specifically, unpredictable children who blurted out outrageous remarks that embarrassed their elders. By the 1930s, the term had a broader application: an enfant terrible could be anyone - young or old - whose behavior shocked others. Now the term is also often applied to young, successful newcomers who shock or scare old-timers with their new approaches, easy successes, or disregard for tradition.
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ENFANT TERRIBLE Defined for English Language Learners
Definition of enfant terrible for English Language Learners
: a young and successful person who is sometimes shocking and does things in a way that is very different from normal
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